Just over a year ago, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) 23 Connect feasibility came to what felt like an abrupt end. Fortunately, business leaders and our state legislators were able to make the case to Governor DeWine that it is important to not only our region’s success, but all of Ohio’s to have better connectivity between our regions.
Recently, a team led by Cambridge Systematics was selected by ODOT to take a comprehensive look at Ohio’s transportation system. Among the factors that they are required to consider include expected population and economic growth. This will not be the typical corridor study that we have seen in the past. It will be important that we continue to engage the Governor’s office, ODOT, Department of Development, and our legislators throughout this process.
We firmly believe that in addition to possible upgrades to the existing US23 corridor in Delaware County, that a connection between US23 and I-71 to the east is necessary to fully connect the economic opportunities that exist in our respective regions – and beyond.
If you would like to receive updates as opportunities arise to engage in the process, please reach out to Makenzie Kujawa, Public Policy Coordinator. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please feel free to reach out to Brian Dicken, Vice President Advocacy and Strategic Initiatives.