Governor Mike DeWine (R) and the Ohio Department of Transportation recently highlighted $90 million worth of transportation investments around Intel’s future business campus near Columbus; an area of the state known as the “Silicon Heartland.”
[Above photo via the Ohio Governor’s Office]
That “campus” represents a $20 billion investment by Intel and includes two chip manufacturing facilities, the governor noted.
The bulk of the investment, $66 million, will fund local roadway projects in Delaware, Franklin, and Licking counties – projects that include reconstructing roadways, improving the safety and efficiency of intersections, and ensuring local roadway networks have the capacity to address the traffic demands in this rapidly growing area of Ohio.
The remaining $24 million will be used by Ohio DOT to create safer intersections and expand key traffic corridors in the region, the governor said in a statement.
That includes a project to add a third lane in each direction to State Route 161 between Interstate 270 and U.S. Route 62 to support the increase in traffic expected along the corridor, Ohio DOT pointed out.
“Economic development is a team sport,” Gov. DeWine noted. “We are committed to working together with our local government partners to make sure we’re all meeting not only the demands of today, but tomorrow as well.”
“Our team has worked diligently to evaluate our existing system and speed up plans for growth,” added Ohio DOT Director Jack Marchbanks.
“These new projects are a direct result of local feedback, but our efforts don’t end here,” he said. “We’ll continue working with our local partners to evaluate the transportation needs throughout the region.”