The tangle of overpasses, ramps and surface streets at state Route 315, West North Broadway and Olentangy River Road won’t be ignored as OhioHealth’s new campus rises in the area.
A pair of open houses on planned improvements to the freeway and city streets are set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, at OhioHealth’s Arthur G.H. Bing, MD, Cancer Center, 500 Thomas Lane, Columbus.
The proposed improvements, which are in the initial design phase, largely are in response to OhioHealth’s proposed 240,000-square-foot administrative office campus on Olentangy River Road, but eventually the road upgrades would have a far wider impact, said Quinten L. Harris, Columbus’ deputy director for jobs and economic development.
“Of course, there are going to be direct benefits to OhioHealth,” he said. “We also see the improvements that will occur. This project will improve traffic flow for the Olentangy River Road corridor, as well as Clintonville. It will also provide connectivity for (bikers) and pedestrians in the corridor where in some places it doesn’t exist. It also will provide a better connection to Ohio State University. It also opens up land for development in and around the Olentangy River Road corridor.”
Details of the proposed project have not been released.
Representatives from Columbus, the Ohio Department of Transportation and designers with the Burgess & Niple and Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton and Tilton firms will be on hand to answer questions during the open houses.
Exhibits illustrating the proposed roadway work and “property impacts” will be on display.
“What we’re trying to accomplish out of this meeting is where we left off at the last meeting,” Harris said, referring to an overview of the project provided to the public April 19. “A lot of folks were interested in the details on the road improvements in and around the corridor.
“What this meeting will focus on are the infrastructure improvements that will result based on this project.”
“We’re in the very early stages of the design project, so it’s particularly helpful to get input from people in the area, because they’re on the ground every day,” said Michelle Larsen, infrastructure-investments coordinator for Columbus.
“For us, I think the exciting part is we really see this as OhioHealth extending its strong relationship with the community,” said Roland Tokarski, the real-estate, construction and facilities leader for OhioHealth. “We see this as another piece, another part of what we try to do in broadening quality health care. It’s just another step in the process.
“It’s really being driven by what’s best for the corridor in the long run. Our long-term interests are certainly aligned with all the neighbors in the community to have great traffic flow in the area.”