ODOT seeks public input on concepts to address transportation needs
between the Red Bank corridor and I-275/SR 32 interchange
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is hosting Open Houses on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 to gather public input on transportation improvement concepts developed to improve travel and access through Segments II and III of the Eastern Corridor. This area extends between the Red Bank corridor and the I-275/SR 32 interchange and includes U.S. 50, SR 32 and the village of Newtown (see map below).
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Miami Valley Christian Academy
6830 School Street
Newtown, OH 45244
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
R.G. Cribbet Recreation Center
5903 Hawthorne Avenue
Fairfax, OH 45227
Attendees can come any time between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. No formal presentations will be held. ODOT project team members will be at the Open Houses to discuss the various concepts and answer questions. ODOT will also be seeking public comment regarding any potential social, environmental, historic preservation and economic impacts of the proposed concepts. Public comments must be submitted to ODOT no later than Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 to be considered during this phase of development. ODOT will use feedback received to help develop its final recommendations for implementation.
"We've been working very closely with a group of five
- comprised of local
elected officials, transportation planning professionals, and community and interest group representatives - for nearly a year to identify and evaluate workable solutions to address transportation needs," said Tom Arnold, planning engineer and Eastern Corridor Segments II and III project manager for ODOT District 8. These needs are detailed in ODOT'sEastern Corridor Segments II and III Transportation Needs Analysis Report (July 2017)
, which was prepared using the results of comprehensive
technical studies (traffic volume, travel time, congestion and crash data) and extensive stakeholder input
"The advisory committees and our project team have explored a broad field of possible solutions, reviewed the results of analyses conducted for each, and narrowed options down to a set of feasible alternatives," Arnold said. "At this point, we want the public to weigh in on these concepts. Their input is essential in helping us determine which of the remaining options will best meet their needs."
Proposed improvements vary widely throughout the study area depending on location. Examples of concepts being considered include the installation of roundabouts, lengthening existing turn lanes or adding new turn lanes, improving traffic signal timing and constructing additional travel lanes. Concepts for improving bicycle and pedestrian connectivity have also been developed throughout the study area.
Following the public meetings in October, ODOT will meet with its five advisory committees once more to review comments, discuss any refinements to be made, identify implementation priorities and determine lead sponsors for each project. ODOT will compile the results of these discussions and its final recommendations in an implementation plan that will be shared with local jurisdictions and used to guide future project planning.
The Eastern Corridor Segments II and III study area is divided into six specific focus areas: the SR 125/SR 32 interchange area, the Linwood Avenue/Eastern Avenue interchange area, the US 50/Red Bank Road interchange area, the U.S. 50 Corridor (from Fairfax to Newtown Road), the ANCOR/SR 32 Hill area and the village of Newtown. Click map to enlarge.