The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has approved $792.7 million for seven major transportation projects in the Central Ohio area as part of Governor Kasich’s Transportation and Jobs Plan. One of the major projects approved is the Interchange of US 33 at Carroll, Ohio in Fairfield County. The eminent domain process may be used to acquire the property needed for the project.
TRAC approved $54.4 million to create an interchange at Winchester Road and U.S. 33 with $1.7 million for acquisition of necessary rights of way.
ODOT District 5 Deputy Director Joe Rutherford reported that construction on the project will likely begin in the spring of 2015.
An estimated 38,000 vehicles travel through the U.S. 33/Winchester Road intersection every day. The proposed interchange would help relieve traffic congestion. The U.S. 33 interchange is a prioritized transportation project.
The other six high priority projects in Central Ohio that have received state funding are the Columbus Crossroads (I-70/I-71/SR-315) project, the I-270/U.S. 33 interchange in Dublin, I-270/SR-315/U.S. 33 project in Franklin County, the Far East Freeway in Franklin and Fairfield Counties, the South Outerbelt in Franklin County and Bixby Road (Franklin/Fairfield U.S. 33) in Franklin County. Although not prioritized projects, TRAC also approved funding for the Licking County SR 16/Cherry Valley Road interchange and the Marion County Mid-Oho Intermodal Center.
Property owners who face eminent domain proceedings for this ODOT project are entitled to receive fair market value compensation for their property. The Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List are available to answer questions about the process.