Dublin Villager

MORPC OKs $7 million for I-270/U.S. 33 interchange

A Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission committee last week approved $7 million in funding for the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 interchange project.

The $7 million approved from MORPC's Policy Committee was part of $77 million in federal funds earmarked for transportation projects for 2014 and beyond.

The approval includes the Dublin project in MORPC's draft four-year plan for transportation projects.

Dublin has been working on preliminary reports and plans for the project and anticipates starting the $45 million first phase by 2017.

"MORPC's action takes us a leap closer to improving safety and protecting the $1.2 billion in current activity that flows through and around that interchange," City Manager Marsha Grigsby said in a news release from the city.

The I-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange has been largely unchanged since it was constructed 40 years ago.

Dublin Engineering Manager Jeannie Willis has said the interchange is a top accident location and isn't fit to handle the amount of traffic at the site.

When the I-270/U.S. Route 33 project earned a spot on the preliminary list in December, Willis said the $7 million could be used for the first phase, which is a new northbound to westbound ramp.

The project is expected to have three phases.