Client: Ohio Department of Transportation, District 6
Burton Planning conducted an Access Management Study on the US-42 corridor from the City of London in Madison County, through Plain City in Union County, to the City of Delaware in Delaware County. The 33-mile corridor crosses several major roadways – I-70, US-40, US-33, and US-23 – and serves as an important connection bypassing Central Ohio on the northwest. The regions that US-42 travel through are predominately rural; however, many of the areas in this corridor are starting to show signs of growth, such as near SR-29, the outskirts of the City of Dublin, and near US-33. US-42 travels diagonally, and there are numerous skewed intersections that may become safety concerns as traffic volumes increase. The study predicted more development and higher traffic volumes, and BPS developed a plan with recommended policies and standards for managing access along the corridor, customized for the different areas in the corridor.
Throughout the project, an extensive public engagement process was utlized in order to not only solicit feedback from the variety of stakeholders in the three-county area, but to also encourage a collaborative relationship with the various county, city, and township jurisdictions in the study area. The Project Team recongnized that successful implementation of this access management plan would require multi-jurisdictional support in updating their comprehensive plans, zoning codes and development regulations to promote the access management guidelines. The Project Team presented at Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, Township Trustee meetings, met with large property owners and potential developers, in addition to holding public meetings and conducting online surveys.
As part of the final plan, BPS developed a tool for the local jurisdictions to use when reviewing proposed development plans that encourages a more connected transportation network while promoting robust economic development.