SR-161 Olentangy west to Sawmill Rd. Study

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The City of Worthington and partner entities City of Columbus, Perry Township, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have identified a shared goal for improvement of the State Route 161 (SR 161) corridor between Olentangy River Road and Sawmill Road. 

ODOT agreed to work with the partner jurisdictions to administer a comprehensive evaluation of the corridor. The consulting firm of Mead and Hunt, along with subconsultants Burgess & Niple for traffic analysis, and Lawhon & Associates for public involvement and environmental analysis, has been hired to conduct the study.  The study was launched during the summer of 2016 and is ongoing.  The purpose of the study is to develop a strategy for improvements that are constructable and fundable to reduce congestion and delay, improve safety and provide bikeway/pedestrian accommodations.

An Advisory Committee comprised of members from each of the partner jurisdictions and representatives of neighborhood groups along the corridor is meeting to provide ideas and input. A public meeting was held June 6, 2017 to present alternative scenarios for improvements to the corridor. The exhibits and materials are available to review here. Comment forms can be downloaded and submitted prior to the July 7, 2017 deadline.

Meeting Flyer
Letter to Neighbors
Project Fact Sheet 

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Representatives of ODOT presented information about the proposed study to Worthington City Council at its March 21, 2016 meeting. Consent and appropriation legislation to fund Worthington's portion of the study was approved by City Council in April 2016.

3/21/16 ODOT Presentation to City Council


2014 MORPC Traffic Study

Previously, the Cities of Worthington and Columbus and Perry Township contracted with MORPC to conduct a traffic study of the corridor between Olentangy River Road and Sawmill Road. The study, completed in 2014, shows in order to improve traffic congestion along the corridor, the intersections of SR 161 at Linworth Road and Olentangy River Road must be improved.  In addition, the at-grade railroad crossing west of Linworth Road must be addressed. For more information view the MORPC 161 Traffic Study.