By 1808Delaware

The City of Delaware will host a groundbreaking event for the Point Improvement Project tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9, from 10-11 AM at 400 E. William Street.

This project aims to enhance the Point intersection, a key entryway to the city at US36 and Ohio 37, which handles over 25,000 vehicles daily, including commuters, freight trucks, and emergency vehicles. Currently, traffic flow at this intersection is hindered by a century-old Norfolk Southern railroad bridge, causing congestion, safety concerns, and negative impacts on local businesses.

For more information, see the Point Improvement Project Fact Sheet.

In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Transportation, the city plans to widen the railway underpass to accommodate five lanes beneath the bridge, streamlining the movement of vehicles and freight. The project also involves constructing pedestrian and bicycle paths, as well as safe road crossings, to connect the community core with the major commercial shopping area on the east side.

City Manager Tom Homan emphasized the importance of these improvements for the overall well-being and growth of the Delaware community, benefiting residents, businesses, and emergency responders alike.

With an estimated cost of $44 million, this largest-ever capital project for the city will be funded primarily by state and federal sources, covering about 80% of the total expense.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will supervise the construction, which is scheduled to start in 2023 and conclude by September 2025.

Although congestion and travel times may worsen during the construction period, two-way traffic will be maintained. Some overnight work will be necessary, and occasional full closures during nighttime hours may be required to facilitate equipment movement and project installations.

Source, Photo: City of Delaware

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