By 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Engineer and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have announced a forthcoming public information meeting on the Orange Road Railroad Grade Separation Project. Slated for April 10, this meeting aims to shed light on the project details, timelines, and the anticipated impact on the community. Here’s a closer look at what to expect from the meeting and the project it seeks to illuminate.

Your Invitation to Participate

Taking place at the Orange Township Hall, the public information session offers an open house format, allowing attendees the flexibility to come and go as their schedules permit between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. This format encourages a personalized experience, where residents can engage directly with County Engineer and ODOT staff, pose questions, and gather information at their own pace. With no formal presentation scheduled, the focus is squarely on interaction and information exchange.

Project Scope and Details

The planned underpass will span the area between Green Meadows Drive and Blue Holly Drive, with Orange Road set to be lowered by approximately 22 feet. This adjustment will allow for the construction of new rail bridges, under which a four-lane road, along with a shared use path and sidewalk, will facilitate smooth and safe passage for vehicles and pedestrians alike. Additionally, a 3,500-foot-long deep storm sewer system will be installed to manage stormwater effectively, ensuring the longevity and resilience of the new infrastructure.

What to Expect

With design engineering already underway and slated to continue through 2024, the project is moving forward at a steady pace. Following this phase, right-of-way acquisition will commence in 2025, with construction expected to stretch from 2026 to 2029. Despite the long road ahead, plans are in place to minimize disruptions to local traffic, including the construction of a temporary road runaround and potential short-term detours, ensuring that the daily lives of residents are impacted as little as possible.

Investment and Involvement

With an estimated cost of $43 million, funded through DCEO and ODOT, the project represents a significant investment in the future of Delaware County. Community input is highly valued, hence the upcoming public meeting, a prime opportunity for residents to learn more, ask questions, and share their thoughts on the project’s design and implementation.

Source, Image: Delaware County Engineers Office

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