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I-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange

Dublin says communication groundwork a key to project

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With major work coming to the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 interchange next year, Dublin is working now to set communication plans with businesses and residents.

The cloverleaf interchange on Dublin's west side will be reworked starting in 2015.

Plans call for replacing most ramps and adding lanes to U.S. Route 33 west of the interchange to the Avery-Muirfield exit.

The interchange has seen few improvements since it was built in the 1960s.

Its failing status helped snag $95 million in funding from multiple sources and move construction forward.

"It is cooperation that allowed this project to start 12 years earlier than anticipated, and it is cooperation that will help ensure that these improvements go smoothly," said Marsha Grigsby, Dublin City Manager.

"Great things are coming for Dublin and the region."

To prepare businesses and residents for the work that is expected to start in early 2015, the city invited stakeholders to a meeting about communication.

"We're getting everybody prepared and onboard," said Jodi Andes, Dublin senior public information officer.

"It will require attention and in some cases a little bit of redirecting."

A phase schedule and road closures for the project are still in the works, but Dublin is working on a communication plan that will let drivers know what to expect.

"We're being a little bit more proactive or taking a grassroots approach," Andes said. "We invited everybody from area companies and public information officers, press, even realty companies (and) hotels ... anybody we think could be affected by the construction," she said.

"We're blessed that this is coming up 12 years earlier than we thought, but we all need to work together to communicate," Andes said.

"That will alleviate a lot of traffic problems."

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission will also provide RideSolutions for local companies during the construction, Andes said.

"They'll come in and sit down with a company and look at where employees come from and suggest routes and carpooling," she said.

"The (Ohio Department of Transportation) is also willing to sit down and do a briefing with companies if they want to know different things that will impact their shipping and employee commute."

The city also last week unveiled an icon residents will soon associate with the construction project.

"The icon is so important because as we get into the next two years and get into updates, they'll see it and know 'That's my area and I should pay attention,' " Andes said.

"We want to get people familiar with the icon as early as possible."

For more information about the I-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange project or to sign up for electronic updates, look online at 27033interchange.org.

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