The U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue interchange was built in the 1960s as a partial movement interchange to save costs and promote traffic through the downtown. As traffic volume has increased over the years, this interchange has become inadequate to move traffic safely and efficiently. This configuration does not allow northbound U.S. 23 traffic to exit onto Pennsylvania Avenue and traffic from Pennsylvania Avenue cannot enter southbound U.S. 23.
Spring 2014 Update:
We continue to make progress on converting the U.S. 23-Pennyslvania Avenue interchange from partial-access to full-access operation. Here is where things stand:
• The project has advanced through the first two (of three) stages of design.
• Right-of-way acquisition will commence this spring. The City of Delaware is managing the right-of-way acquisition process on behalf of ODOT, utilizing ms consultants to assist. The project largely is contained to right-of-way property already owned by the City. Where additional right-of-way is required, we first will reach out to those property owners via written correspondence.
• Construction will likely begin in late 2015, with private utility companies (i.e. power, phone companies) performing their work first. Full construction of the public improvements will most likely occur in 2016 . The project cost, expected to be around $3.5 million, will be shared by the City and the State of Ohio. Spring 2014 Letter to Affected Residents
Preferred Alternative (PDF)
The Sandusky Street Extension was selected after significant analysis and public input in fall 2006. The proposed interchange arrangement involves constructing an extension of Sandusky Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to U.S. 23. This extension creates a two-way street from what is now the southbound exit ramp and will end at a new signalized, at-grade intersection on U.S. 23. Pennsylvania Avenue traffic traveling north to U.S. 23 will continue to use the existing bridge and entrance ramp. Northbound U.S. 23 motorists would be able to turn onto the new connector at the partially signalized intersection. Additionally, reconstruction of the bridge over U.S. 23 would not be required.