Construction is scheduled for next year to upgrade the Alum Creek Drive and Rohr Road intersection after the state approved a $200,000 grant for the estimated $3.5 million project.

The newly created Franklin County Transportation Improvement District received the funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation Division of Jobs and Commerce.

Improvements to the intersection include dual southbound left-turn lanes, a westbound right-turn lane and two eastbound lanes on Rohr Road from Alum Creek Drive to Port Road.

The upgrades are meant to support continued economic growth in the Rickenbacker area, according to a news release from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

"We are thankful to ODOT for this award to improve a critical intersection impacting multiple jurisdictions in Franklin County," Franklin County engineer Cornell Robertson said in a news release. "This project will demonstrate how the TID can lead to successful collaboration among multiple local governments and private-sector partners."

Multiple jurisdictions, including the cities of Columbus and Groveport, village of Obetz and Hamilton and Madison townships, share the intersection and its legs.

The funding is set aside for economic development-related projects undertaken by TIDs.

ODOT received $9 million in requests for TIDs throughout the state, however, only $4.5 million was available. Franklin County's award was the largest of any TID in the state.

"We're excited to see this project advance for multiple reasons. It demonstrates the benefits of the TID for Franklin County, and it advances the transportation recommendations of MORPC's recently completed Rickenbacker Area Study," said Thea Walsh, MORPC director of transportation and infrastructure development.

The Franklin County commissioners approved the TID's creation in March 2019 at the request of Robertson. MORPC provides administrative services for the TID.

A developer has submitted plans to build a fuel center and convenience store on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Also, the plan shows two proposed warehouses -- 157,500 square feet and 195,000 square feet -- on approximately 20 acres on the north end of the site.

"The project is a long time coming and will, hopefully, alleviate some of the congestion at the intersection of Rohr Road and Alum Creek Drive," said Jeff Green, Groveport assistant city manager and developement director.

"This is going to be especially advantageous to companies located on Rohr Road, especially some of the newer companies," he said.

A public hearing will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the Groveport Municipal Building, 655 Blacklick St., on the development at 2400 Rohr Road.

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