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Why is this study needed?

Route 23 already has 30% more traffic than the roadway was designed to accommodate. This has caused increased congestion, unpredictable travel times, bottlenecks, and higher crash rates.

Without major improvements, delays will only grow. A free-flow connection would provide substantial regional mobility benefits. It will also support Columbus as a national logistics hub by strengthening connection and access to northwest Ohio, Michigan, and Canadian markets. 

What is the process?

Options, including an upgrade of Route 23, a new connection to U.S. 33 to the west, and a new connection to I-71 to the east will be compared using a variety of metrics to analyze travel time, safety, community context, environmental impacts, and cost.

For information about this project on ODOT's website, please visit: www.transportation.ohio.gov/23connect.