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I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt Corridor Study
Goals & Objectives

 I-70/I-71 South Innerbelt Study – Preliminary Goals and Objectives

These goals and objectives were created through public input and are used to develop criteria to evaluate and select various concepts for further study.  Please note the following goals are not necessarily  listed in order of their significance.

Goal I: Operational Efficiency
Operational efficiency relates to design and management issues that are of concern to the service supplier as they affect the operation of the transportation facility.


    • Design facilities to meet or exceed design standards

    • Reduce or eliminate weaving maneuvers

    • Minimize impacts of freeway maintenance activities

    • Integrate the freeway and the arterial street system for ease of use and compatibility with the community

    • Consider cost effectiveness

    • Coordinate with other transportation studies underway and planned infrastructure improvements (i.e. Spring Sandusky project)

Goal II: Mobility

Mobility relates to the ease or difficulty of trips through the transportation facility and considers not only service levels but other travel modes or methods of reducing congestion.


    • Reduce congestion and improve the operation of the South Innerbelt

    • Consider public transit opportunities, and other methods of improving mobility such as Transportation System Management (TSM) and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) opportunities

    • Enhance freight/goods movement within and through the Corridor

Goal III: Accessibility

Accessibility relates to the ability of a user to access jobs, services, goods or other parts of the transportation system.


    • Improve access to downtown from the Innerbelt

    • Improve the gateways to downtown

    • Develop a ramp system that provides efficient traffic flow on the freeway while maintaining the integrity of local neighborhoods

    • Provide easy access to area health facilities

Goal IV: Safety

Safety issues relate to the avoidance of bodily harm or property damage while using the transportation facility.


    • Reduce accident rates and accident severity

    • Reduce truck/car conflict

    • Provide ITS signage as needed within/around the Innerbelt Corridor for directional guidance

    • Provide for safety of police and emergency medical services vehicles

Goal V: Environmental and Community Issues

This goal considers the impact of the transportation facility on the environment. It also includes consideration of community plans and concerns as they relate to the transportation facility.


    • Coordinate with community and economic development plans and projects

    • Plan for aesthetics in the freeway design

    • Sensitivity to impacts to residential or institutional structures

    • Address air and noise impacts

    • Protect and enhance the natural environment

    • Adhere to Federal requirements in regards to Environmental Justice in minority populations and low income populations

    • Protect historic resources

Goal VI: Constructibility

Constructibility relates to the ability to minimize disruption during construction with rational phasing and sequencing of projects.


  • Minimize community and business disruption

  • Assure cost effective implementation during construction sequencing

  • Maintain access and current levels of service during construction

  • Provide for safe and adequate alternate routes and modes of transportation

  • Develop clear criteria for the selection of alternatives routes

Goal VI: Cost Effectiveness

Cost effectiveness relates to the ability to maximize user and community benefits with infrastructure costs and planning for financial options for all proposed improvements.


  • Maximize returns/benefits for capital and operating costs

  • Leverage federal, state and local funds to meet capital needs

  • Maximize opportunities for private investment

  • Use life-cycle costing to fully account for long-term maintenance and future replacement costs