The U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue Interchange
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.
Activity is underway. Full construction of the public improvements is occurring, beginning with closure of the exit ramp March 15 until about October 2016, when the project should be substantially complete.
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.
2016 Project Update Letter
US23-Ohio 315-Stratford Road Intersection
The US 23 corridor experiences congestion that is predicted to increase over the next two decades. This congestion leads to crashes at the US 23 intersection with State Route 315 and Stratford Road.
Full construction of the public improvements will occur in 2016.
William Street Improvement Project
Proposed improvements along East William Street, from Lake Street to the Point intersection, would improve traffic flow and include the Lake Street-William Street intersection. Anticipated construction is summer 2018, with funding by the Ohio Department of Transportation, plus a 20-percent match from the City of Delaware.