History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About : US36

22 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It’s another in our series of posts sharing details and little known information about things that Delaware Countians know and see every day.

Today, we look at US Highway 36, a 1,414 mile (that’s 2,276 kilometers) highway that stretches from Ohio to Colorado, and right through Delaware County.

During its route, both in Ohio and across the US, the highway includes two lane and expressway sections as it goes through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. It intersects with interstate highways 16 times, some more than once, and actually joins those highways at various points.

Along its way, US36 bypasses many of the larger cities and metropolitan areas, and instead travels through many county seat towns. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: State Route 257

12 Oct , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

At only 26.19 miles in length, it is one of the shorter state highways in Ohio. That said, there are few which are more scenic.

Starting at a roundabout in Dublin, Ohio State Route 257 is, for much of its length, closely tied to the Scioto River. With a southern terminus at a roundabout where US 33 and State Route 161 intersect, the highway travels through Franklin, Delaware, and Marion Counties, ending at State Route 47 just west of Prospect.

In six years, State Route 257 will be celebrating its centennial. Originally, the highway included only the portion which travels northward from Dublin along the east side of the Scioto; it was then expanded beginning in 1935. More…

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Life in Delaware County

US23 Corridor Study Added To Funding Schedule

24 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

A corridor study for the new US23 realignment and/or adjustment between Toledo and southern Delaware County was added to the list to receive funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation when the Transportation Review Advisory Council met this week.

The total of new projects added to the official list includes more than $292 million in funding commitments, and includes a local initiativ.

“Our economy depends on smart investments that make our transportation system safe and efficient,” said Governor DeWine. “The projects approved today will keep our economy moving forward.”

TRAC-funded projects focus on enhancing the capacity of Ohio’s transportation system and making it more efficient. The program resumed this year after being paused in 2020 when traffic volumes across the state dipped significantly leading to a decline in revenue from the motor fuel tax. There were 36 new applications requesting $551 million submitted this year. More…

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Liberty Township, Life in Delaware County

Liberty Road Intersection Closed For Roundabout Project

13 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

A Liberty Township intersection will be closed for the next month and a half to enable construction of a new roundabout.

According to the office of the Delaware County Engineer, the Liberty Road/Salisbury Drive roundabout will include north turn lanes at the intersection of Liberty Road and Libertydale Drive/St. Joan of Arc driveway. The project will connect the existing shared use path on Salisbury Drive to the sidewalks on Libertydale Drive.

The proposed Project improvements to Liberty Road will begin approximately 500 feet south of the intersection with Libertydale Drive to approximately 750 feet north of the intersection of Salisbury Drive. More…

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Life in Delaware County

MORPC Seeks Comments On New Regional Complete Streets Policy

9 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is currently seeking public comment and review of the draft version of its 2021 update to the Regional Complete Streets Policy.

“Complete streets” are roadways designed, implemented, operated, and maintained in an equitable and context-sensitive manner so that people of all ages, incomes, and abilities can use them safely. These streets consider the needs of those who are: walking, bicycling, using shared mobility devices and assistive devices, using transit and riding school buses, driving, and operating commercial and emergency vehicles.

“As a region, we strive to support the development of a safe and sustainable transportation system that ensures accessibility for everyone using it,” MORPC Assistant Director of Planning & Sustainability Stephen Patchan said. “Through the Complete Streets Policy – which is guided by MORPC members – local communities incorporate design elements that accommodate all roadway users in any MORPC federally funded projects.” More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: US Route 42

7 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It may not be the most exciting federal highway in the country, but it does have an important local connection.

We’re talking about US 42, the 350 mile highway that stretches from northeast to southwest across Ohio, and which they scurries westward along the Ohio River through Kentucky.

The history of US 42 began in 1927, the year when previously numbered highways across the country were joined together and renumbered to create the official federal highway system. Along the track of US 42 from Cleveland to Louisville, four previously existing roads were joined together. More…

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Business

UDF In Delaware To Receive New Renewable Fuel Dispenser Through USDA Grant

26 Aug , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, USDA Press Release

Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson has announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels (PDF, 177 KB) by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states.

USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The funding will help significantly increase the use of biofuels derived from U.S. agricultural products and prioritize climate-smart solutions that will help rural America build back better.

“Investments like these increase opportunities for American consumers to make climate-smart decisions and move the country closer to President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” Maxson said. “By expanding the availability of higher-blend biofuels, we’re giving consumers more environmentally-friendly fuel choices when they fill up at the pump and stimulating an important market for U.S. farmers and ranchers.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The Three C Highway

26 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Updated with additional information

Among official routes in the Buckeye State, it’s one of the oldest, with a route predating establishment of the state highway system. It’s also one of most iconic, as its name traditional and current names reference the fact that it connects the state’s three largest metropolitan areas which, unlike other locations in the US, have names which begin with the same letter.

Here, then, are a few facts which you may not know about Ohio Route 3, which passes through Delaware County: More…

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History/Tourism

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: Ohio State Route 61

8 Jul , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We continue our series “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About,” where we dive into weeds to bring you details on Delaware County ‘s geographical, cultural, and scenic landmarks. In particular, we are continuing our look at the County’s collection of highways and byways.

Today, we look at a state highway which may not be the most exciting route in Ohio, but nevertheless starts (or stops, depending on your perspective) in Delaware County, travels through several other counties, and finishes within a stone’s throw of Lake Erie.

We’re talking about Ohio State Route 61, which has its southern terminus at the US36/State Route 37/Interstate 71 intersection near Sunbury. It travels from that point over 91 miles to a junction with US Route 6 near Huron and Vermilion. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Survey Kicks Off US Route 23 Marion To Columbus Study

26 May , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The Ohio Department of Transportation has set out to answer a question which tens of thousands of Delaware Countians – and those in Marion County north – ask on a regular basis.

Is there a way to improve traffic flow on US Route 23 as it goes through Delaware County?

ODOT and partners MORPC and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments have set out to determine the feasibility of a non-impeded connection between Toledo and Columbus, the sole bottleneck of which is between Waldo in Marion County and I270 in Franklin County. More…

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Business

With ‘Amtrak Joe’ In White House, States Hope For Passenger Rail Renaissance

3 May , 2021  

By Daniel C. Vock, Ohio Capital Journal

Stu Nicholson has been trying for decades without success to get Amtrak — or any other passenger rail service — to come to Columbus, Ohio.

As director of All Aboard Ohio, a passenger rail advocacy group, Nicholson helped explore possibilities, like creating a new route from Chicago to Pittsburgh, with Columbus in the middle.

But for now, Columbus, a city with 878,000 people, the second-largest city in the Midwest, has no passenger rail service. It doesn’t even have a station. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Transportation Budget: What To Know And How It Impacts You

30 Mar , 2021  

By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio lawmakers recently approved a two-year transportation budget ahead of schedule and without much drama, sending the $8.3 billion package to Gov. Mike DeWine for a signature.

Legislators agreed to allocate billions of dollars toward maintaining and improving Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, including highways, roads and bridges. Despite the governor having proposed major cuts to public transit, lawmakers restored funding to pre-pandemic levels.

Both parties appear pleased with the final product, which will cover the upcoming Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023. More…

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