A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ODOT) APPLICATION TO THE OHIO STATE TECHNICAL REVIEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TRAC) FOR FUNDING TO CONSTRUCT AN INTERCHANGE EAST OF THE CURRENT INTERSECTION OF CHERRY VALLEY ROAD AND STATE ROUTE 16
WHEREAS, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is funding a project that will convert the westernmost segment of the State Route161/37/16/36 macro-corridor to a limited access highway from New Albany to Granville which was completed in 2010; and
WHEREAS, the limits of the new highway do not extend to the State Route16/Cherry Valley Road intersection and, therefore, the existing at-grade, signalized intersection will remain; and
WHEREAS, the Cherry Valley Road intersection/interchange is the connection point between a state macro corridor and the Thornwood Drive Corridor; and
WHEREAS, the State Route 16/Cherry Valley Road intersection currently operates at a Level of Service (LOS) E – near failure – and will operate at a LOS F – failure – in the near future; and
WHEREAS, given the improvements to the State Routes161/37/16 corridor east and west of this intersection, the intersection constricts the flow of traffic and commerce through the center of Licking County; and
WHEREAS, it is alarming that the accident rate for that intersection continues to climb and that 50% of the rear end accidents result in injuries; and
WHEREAS, the State Route 16/Cherry Valley Road intersection is among the worst in Licking County and, more importantly, it is the only intersection in the group that does not have a plan to improve it; and
WHEREAS, the State Route 16/Cherry Valley Road intersection is one of four target projects identified by the Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor Committee; and
WHEREAS, there is an ODOT-preferred alternative and a completed Environmental Document for the State Route 16 and Cherry Valley Road intersection that supports the replacement of the existing intersection with an interchange to the east of the current at-grade intersection; and
WHEREAS, the construction of this new limited access corridor and the construction of the new interchange has a direct effect on the Village of Granville; and,
WHEREAS, the location of the new interchange will have a direct effect on economic development, land use patterns, quality of life and the transportation network of the Village of Granville;
WHEREAS, for the project to continue, additional funding will be required; and
WHEREAS, Licking County intends to apply to the Ohio State Technical Review Advisory Committee for funding to construct an interchange east of the current intersection of Cherry Valley Road and State Route 16.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Village of Granville, Ohio that:
Section 1. The Village of Granville hereby declares its support for Licking County’s application to the Ohio State Technical Review Advisory Committee for funding to construct the preferred alternative replacement interchange to the east of the current Cherry Valley Road and State Route 16 intersection.
Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect and be in force from and after the date of its passage.
Passed this 15th day of June, 2011.