Construction has begun on the first phase of the Pickaway East West Connector road construction project. Rights of way have yet to be obtained for subsequent phases of the project. The process of eminent domain may be used to acquire the necessary property to complete the project.
The Pickaway East West Connector will provide a connection between U. S. Route 23 and the Rickenbacker facility. Phase 1 of the project, now underway, will widen and re-align Duvall Road to a total of three lanes from U.S. 23 to Ashville Pike. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 2014.
Phase 1B of the project will widen Ashville Pike from Duvall Road to Rickenbacker Parkway. Phase 2 of the connector project will widen Duval Road and Ashville Pike from three lanes to five lanes. This portion of the project is in the design phase, with final plans expected in the summer of 2014. Rights of way acquisition will begin after the design phase has been completed. Phase 3 will construct a new interchange at U.S. 23 and State Route 762.
The construction project is expected to cost $10.7 million, funded in part by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Ohio Department of Development and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Organization.
Individuals who own property along Duval Road and Ashville Pike whose property is needed to complete the road widening project may wish to consult with an eminent domain attorney. Property owners are entitled to receive fair compensation for any property taken to complete construction. The Ohio eminent domain attorneys at Clark, Perdue & List in Columbus, Ohio are available to provide assistance to landowners who face condemnation proceedings.