The Ohio Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing regarding an improved interchange at Interstate 71 and U.S. Route 36/State Route 37 and the proposed Sunbury Parkway.
The hearing is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11, at Northgate Church, 7097 East SR 37.
According to ODOT, this hearing will give the public a chance to review and comment on the project’s environmental assessment. The assessment, prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, outlines the impact of the project — economically, environmentally, and socially.
The hearing includes a brief presentation at 5:30 p.m., and a comment period at 6 p.m. To comment, register when you arrive at the sign-in table. In addition, written comments will be accepted at the hearing or if submitted before Aug. 11.
The Environmental Assessment can currently be viewed online at www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/d06/projects/71/pages/default.aspx.
“The existing diamond interchange at I-71 and US 36/SR 37 was constructed over 40 years ago and is the only interstate access in the central and northern part of Delaware County,” states a summary of the project by the Ohio Department of Transportation. “Over 30,000 vehicles use the interchange each day to enter or exit I-71.
“Queuing on the exit ramps at the interchange routinely extends onto the freeway mainline, causing operational and safety concerns,” the summary continues. “Stopped traffic on I-71 northbound during the afternoon peak hour is a near-daily occurrence as traffic waits to exit onto US 36/SR 37. Unfortunately, the resulting increase in traffic is crippling the potential for future growth. The safety project constructed in 2012 was intended to improve safety and reduce congestion at the interchange in the short term.”
Constructing a new I-71 interchange at the future Sunbury Parkway, south of routes 36/37, was identified in May as one of seven top priorities by as a result of Delaware County’s participation in the Competitive Advantage Projects program, sponsored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Columbus 2020.
Please send comments or questions to: Steve Fellenger, Project Manager; ODOT District 6; 400 E. William Street; Delaware, Ohio 43015; Steven.Fellenger@dot.ohio.gov