By 1808Delaware

As the Ohio State University embarks on an ambitious project to expand its Wexner Medical Center with a new outpatient care facility at 7171 Sawmill Parkway, residents and commuters in the area are bracing for significant traffic changes. Beginning Monday, March 18, construction activities will launch, reshaping the daily routes for many. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming traffic modifications and how they will impact the local community.

Outpatient Care Powell is being built on almost 30 acres of land at the northeast corner of Home Road and Sawmill Parkway, across from Olentangy Liberty High School. Ohio State purchased the property in 2019.

Construction Scope and Traffic Impact

The construction project, which aims to enhance medical services through the addition of an outpatient care facility, will necessitate substantial modifications to Limerick Lane and Castleblaney Drive, both situated within the Ohio State University property limits. These changes are part of a broader effort to improve access and facilities for patients and visitors to the Wexner Medical Center.

From March 18,Limerick Lane and Castleblaney Drive will be closed to the public, reserved exclusively for construction traffic. This closure marks the beginning of a significant phase in the project, set to culminate in the summer of 2026. The closures are designed to facilitate the construction work but will require residents and local commuters to adjust their travel plans.

Alternate Routes and Access Points

The project’s impact on local traffic patterns cannot be understated. Properties located to the south of the construction site, along Limerick Lane, will now access their homes via Tullamore Road, connecting from Home Road. Conversely, properties to the north will have access through Royal Belfast Blvd off Sawmill Parkway. These adjustments are critical for maintaining the flow of traffic and ensuring that residents can reach their destinations with minimal disruption.

Community Engagement and Information

Understanding the importance of clear communication, the university has designated George Rice as the primary contact for inquiries related to the construction project. Residents with questions or concerns about the traffic modifications are encouraged to reach out to Mr. Rice at 740.360.5820 for assistance.

The construction of the OSU Wexner Medical Center’s new outpatient care facility represents a significant investment in the community’s health infrastructure. While the road closures and traffic modifications may pose challenges in the short term, the benefits of enhanced medical services and facilities are anticipated to outweigh the temporary inconveniences.

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