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seicer:
The Ohio Department of Transportation, along with regional partners at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, have begun the Route 23 Connect Study to evaluate enhancements along the U.S. 23 corridor to improve traffic flow between the Columbus and Toledo Regions.

Public meetings are now being held virtually and in-person. See all of them at https://publicinput.com/23connect

TempoNick:

--- Quote from: seicer on November 06, 2023, 08:55:27 AM ---The Ohio Department of Transportation, along with regional partners at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, have begun the Route 23 Connect Study to evaluate enhancements along the U.S. 23 corridor to improve traffic flow between the Columbus and Toledo Regions.

Public meetings are now being held virtually and in-person. See all of them at https://publicinput.com/23connect

--- End quote ---

Enhancements? Enhancements!? Just suck it up and do the right thing for a change. The Columbus area is simply growing too fast. This road is necessary.

seicer:
There are five concepts being considered, one of which is a full freeway with frontage roads along the Columbus to Waldo segment. I made my comments known that ODOT should consider a full build-out as a freeway, and that it could be staged over the years with right-of-way acquisitions. Essentially, phasing it in.

TempoNick:

--- Quote from: seicer on November 06, 2023, 12:50:55 PM ---There are five concepts being considered, one of which is a full freeway with frontage roads along the Columbus to Waldo segment. I made my comments known that ODOT should consider a full build-out as a freeway, and that it could be staged over the years with right-of-way acquisitions. Essentially, phasing it in.

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The path of least resistance is to leave US 23 alone south of Delaware lake (except for modest enhancements), build a bypass and then use US 36. It will get the job done for now. It may not be ideal looking out 40 years, but for the time being, it will get the job done. That was the reason for building US 36 the way it was built, wasn't it?

The problem with frontage roads and fixing US 23 is that even though they put all that effort into fixing US 23 the last time, there are still backups around there, especially when going I-270 East from US 23. The backups have now moved to the I-71 exit going to Polaris. That I-71 North Lane is backed up and it's hard to go eastbound on I-270 because you basically have to weave through two or three lanes, come to a standstill and then try to merge onto I-270.

 US 23, 315 and I-71 are simply too close to each other to ever get that working right, unless you build several dozen flyover lanes. I'm exaggerating, of course, but you get the idea.

I'm also fearful that they will do to US 23 what they did to US 19 and Pinellas County. That will just ruin all the commercial land with overpasses blocking everything.

seicer:
I wonder how they will work with the "express" lane set up they built at Interstate 270. It did not include provisions for any sort of expansion.

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