Life in Delaware County

ODOT Provides Update On Route 23 Connect; Comment Period Ends On February 28

13 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware, From ODOT:

Route 23 Connect is a corridor study by the Ohio Department of Transportation to determine the feasibility of creating a free-flow connection between Toledo and Columbus. Currently, this corridor experiences congestion, unpredictable travel times, and high crash rates.

This study will evaluate multiple large scale improvements to the U.S. Route 23 corridor between Waldo in Marion County and Interstate 270 in Franklin County including an upgrade of the existing alignment, and a combination of the existing alignment and new connections to U.S. 33 or I-71. These alignments are conceptual only, no detailed alignments have been identified yet.

These alternatives will be compared on a variety of metrics, including travel time benefits, safety, impacts, and cost. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Fatal Crash Numbers Reduced So Far In 2021

6 Dec , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s a bit counterintuitive, perhaps. At the same time that many Ohio counties have seen substantial increases in Ohio State Highway Patrol traffic enforcement activity in 2021, Delaware County’s numbers are running relatively constant, year-to-date.

The increase statewide may be due to a traffic increase related to the reopening of the economy after 2020’s economic shutdown.

In Delaware County, enforcement stops are actually down, from 7,505 in 2020 to 6,924 this year.


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Delaware Council Committee Gets Update On Speed Sign Project

16 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

You’ve seen them before. Traveling down a street or road, a sign informs you about the speed you have been traveling.

In some cases, the signage is portable. In other areas, however, more permanent dynamic speed feedback signs have been placed, notifying the driver while recording the speed for government bodies seeking to promote traffic safety. Remote data is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Such has been the case during the last nine and a half months along four streets in the City of Delaware — Cobblestone Drive, Carson Farms Boulevard, Executive Boulevard, and Hall Drive. On each, this type of signage has been installed, and monitors also record speeds on sections of each street that do not have them. More…

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Powell/Lewis Center

Left Turns On Powell Council Agenda

20 Aug , 2019  

On Tuesday evening, Powell City Council will hold the second reading of an ordinance that proposes extending the time frame for restricted left turns at the Olentangy and Liberty Street intersection from 7 AM to 7 PM daily.

 The City Council meeting will be held at 7:30 PM in the Municipal Building Council Chambers, 47 Hall Street. More…


Life in Delaware County

Driving On The Shoulder: SmartLane Arrives This Fall

10 Aug , 2019  

We here at 1808Delaware take pride on being the dedicated to sharing 100% Delaware County news and information each day. As an important part of the Columbus metropolitan area, however, we also share occasional stories that might interest those Delaware Countians who commute to Franklin County to work, shop, attend events, etc..

One key to getting around any metropolitan area is its system of roads and highways. And, as we all know, Columbus can be a bit of a bear at times from a traffic point of view. This fall, however, a change is coming to one particular stretch.

As part of Ohio’s efforts to be a leader in using technology to improve traffic and safety in the state, construction will conclude this fall on the state’s first SmartLane, a seven mile stretch of Interstate 670 between downtown and the John Glenn International Airport. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Dispatch Looks At Impact Of New Distribution Center In Morrow County

22 Jul , 2019  

On Sunday, the Columbus Dispatch took a look at one aspect of the massive Dollar Tree Distribution Center, now under construction just north of the State Route 61 intersection with I71 in southern Morrow County.

What caught the attention of writer Dean Narciso could be summed up in one word:

Traffic. More…


Life in Delaware County

Ohio Looking At Variable Speed Limits

1 Mar , 2019  

On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Transportation released details about a proposal in the next two-year transportation budget, House Bill 62, to identify specific roadways where variable speed limits could enhance driver safety.

“The goal is not to constantly shift speed limits or install new speed limit signs on all of Ohio’s roads throughout the state. Instead, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants the ability to study specific stretches of roadway. We would analyze crash data, look at any peculiar weather phenomena, and see how congestion affects travel time to determine if a variable speed limit, one that changes only in certain conditions – such as bad weather – would improve safety along that specific stretch of road,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. More…

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Delaware County

Aggravated Vehicular Assault Charges Filed By Delaware County Prosecutor

9 Jan , 2019  

The Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a Bill of Information against 37-year-old David A. Crawford of Upper Arlington.

A Bill of Information is an official filing of charges without a grand jury presentation. A Bill of Information was filed in this case because parties agreed to the charge before having to go before a grand jury. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Central Ohio High-Crash Intersection List Released; Delaware County Has Four In Top 100

12 Nov , 2018  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has released its Top 100 Regional High-Crash Intersections list for 2018. Ranking of intersections is based on a formula that considers number of crashes, traffic volume and severity over the three-year period 2015-2017. MORPC produces the list on an annual basis to help local and regional partners better understand crash patterns that occur and help prioritize transportation safety investments. More…

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Powell/Lewis Center

Watch Those Left Turns In Downtown Powell

25 Sep , 2018  

The Powell Police Department plans to increase enforcement at the Olentangy and Liberty Street intersection in order to reduce the number of motorists making illegal left turns during the prohibited time frame.

It is illegal to make a left turn at the intersection from 4-7 PM Monday-Friday. Powell Police monitored the intersection during the week of August 13-17, 2018 and found that more than 150 cars made illegal left turns during the prohibited time frames. More…