Olentangy Valley News

Intersection of routes 315, 750

ODOT moving quickly on wall; trustees want more details

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The Ohio Department of Transportation hopes to replace a failed landscape wall at one of Delaware County's busiest intersections by the end of the year.

The project will replace the wire baskets installed in late spring at the intersection of state Route 315 and state Route 750 in Liberty Township with a permanent structure. The baskets, which held plants and soil, were meant to create a natural barrier along the intersection.

The baskets were removed in the early summer after some began to collapse, extending a project to add turn lanes on Route 750 at the intersection that already was past its original deadline.

The design process for the new barrier is underway. Nancy Burton, spokeswoman for ODOT, said she could not promise what the new wall would look like, but she could say what it would not look like.

"When you say wall, people think a huge wall of concrete," she said. "That's not what we're putting there."

Burton said the wall would not resemble a typical sound-barrier wall used on highways. While the design process is not complete, Burton said an example of what could be installed at the site would be a sculpted wall that contains planters and greenery.

Liberty Township Assistant Administrator Matt Huffman told township trustees at their meeting Monday, Aug. 18, that ODOT has shared a few details with the township about what could be installed at the site.

"The idea is to kind of take what's already there and just kind of encase it with a stamped-concrete, rock-looking material, which would then also use the vegetation that was proposed originally in the same scheme of things," he said.

He said ODOT officials said they would welcome comments and ideas from township officials.

Burton said there likely would not be time for public input and comment on the redesigned barrier.

"We're just going to try to get it done," she said.

Liberty Township Trustee Shyra Eichhorn said she understood ODOT was facing a time crunch, but she still hoped the agency could get more details on the design to township officials and residents before construction begins.

"We're going to have to live with what ends up being put up there," she said.

Township Trustee Tom Mitchell agreed that he would like more details from the agency as soon as possible. He said he has received emails about the project from residents and would like to be able to reply to them with solid information.

Township Administrator Dave Anderson said the township would share information on the project's design with the public when the township receives it. He said township officials understand it's important for ODOT to act quickly to stabilize the site.

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