Delaware city and county officials must come to an agreement on funding the completion of Sawmill Parkway to its planned terminus on South Section Line Road.

To the Editor:

Delaware city and county officials must come to an agreement on funding the completion of Sawmill Parkway to its planned terminus on South Section Line Road. The completion of this project benefits all residents of Delaware County.

When complete, Sawmill Parkway will be a major arterial roadway for moving traffic between the city and points south. At present, residents living on the city's west side have limited travel options -- none of them good. The multilane parkway will significantly increase the available traffic capacity and flow, reducing travel times and fuel costs. Travelers on state Route 315, U.S. Route 23 and other roads leading south will benefit from the reduced congestion resulting from siphoning a significant amount of traffic to Sawmill Parkway.

Sawmill Parkway is planned to terminate into South Section Line Road south of the Delaware airport. The area surrounding the airport is a key economic development area. The current zoning is primarily general manufacturing. The city's comprehensive plan identifies this area as light manufacturing. Focusing on commercial development to supplement the existing manufacturing base, the airport area has the potential to be an airpark that serves large, dynamic national and international companies, requiring the capability and flexibility that the city airport provides. Sawmill Parkway provides the land-transportation component that leverages the value the airport contains.

County and city officials must agree to complete Sawmill Parkway as originally planned. The economic and transportation benefits this project provides increases the quality of life of all county residents.

George A. Hellinger