Ohio Projects

BIERS RUN-CIRCLEVILLE TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT

The Biers Run-Circleville Transmission Line Project is a 138-kV transmission line that will connect the new Biers Run Substation in Ross County to the existing Circleville Substation in Pickaway County.  The line will be approximately 19 miles long (depending on the route selected) using 86-foot poles.  The typical right-of-way will be 100 feet wide.

Costing roughly $23 million to construct, AEP Transco hopes the construction of this new line will address anticipated system overloads in the future.

On June 2, 2014, AEP Transco submitted an application to the Ohio Power Siting Board for approval on this Project.  The project is still awaiting the Ohio Power Siting Board approval.

 

BIERS RUN-HOPETOWN-DELANO TRANSMISSION PROJECT

Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano Transmission Project is an estimated 12-mile long, 138-kV transmission line that will run entirely in Ross County connecting the new Biers Run Substation to the existing Delano Substation.  The project will cost about $17 million to construct and will consist of 86-foot single-pole, steel structures to minimize the physical and perceived visual impact of the facilities.  The typical right of way will be a total of 100 feet wide.

AEP Transco submitted their application for the Biers Run-Hopetown-Delano 138 kV Transmission Line project on January 8, 2014, and is still awaiting the Ohio Power Siting Board approval.

 

BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE PROJECT

Ohio projects

In August of 2012, the federal government approved the Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) preferred plan for constructing this new bridge in Cincinnati. Project officials hope to have a final financing plan in place and to begin the necessary right-of-way acquisition process this year. However, the future of the project is still in doubt, with no federal money guaranteed for the $2.4 billion bridge project. Experts are currently exploring funding options, including using tolling to cover some costs or a partnership with the private company to help finance the project. It is unlikely that construction will begin before late 2014, and that is an aggressive estimate.

 

CENTER RIDGE ROAD WIDENING PROJECT

This road project in North Ridgeville, OH plans to widen Center Ridge Road from three lanes to five lanes from Lear-Nagle Road to Stoney Ridge Road (2.3 Miles in length).  Costing roughly $55.4 million, the project will also include additional turning lanes, 6-foot wide sidewalks (north end), and 10-foot wide multi-use trail (south end).  The primary purpose of this project is to improve safety and congestion.

The tentative time schedule for construction is as follows:

  • Completion of Right of Way Plans: November 2013
  • Completion of Roadway Plans: August 2014
  • Right of Way Acquisition: November 2013 – May 2015
  • Building Demolition: December 2014 – June 2015
  • Utility Relocation: June 2015 – November 2016
  • Construction: November 2016 – 2018

 

CHERRY VALLEY INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENT

Ohio projects

The Cherry Valley Interchange Improvement will involve the reconstruction of the interchange of Cherry Valley Road and State Road 16.  The improved interchange will address road capacity and safety concerns, as well as improve the linkages between the local and state transportation network in the area.  ODOT has selected a preferred alternative that can be viewed here. The proposed interchange will provide improved access to both Cherry Valley Road and Granville Road. Construction on the interchange was not selected to be funded as part of Governor Kasich’s list of transportation projects recommended to receive $3 billion in construction funding. However, ODOT has indicated that the project should nevertheless be shovel ready by July 2014. This means right-of-way acquisition and final design should be finished by that time.

 

CHESAPEAKE BYPASS

The Chesapeake Bypass is a project in southeast Ohio that has been in the works for many years, dating back to the 1960s. The Bypass will bypass Chesapeake, Ohio, and when combined with other existing roadways, will form what some are calling the Tri-State Outerbelt. Ground was broken on the first phase of this project in 2002, but the project still remains unfinished. In 2013 ODOT began the right of way acquisition process for the remainder of the project. However, project directors were hoping for additional millions for right-of-way acquisition to be set aside as part of the Governor’s $3 billion transportation plan. Unfortunately, this request was denied. As of mid-2013, project directors are exploring all funding options available to make the project happen.

 

EAST FRANKLINTON REDEVELOPMENT

Ohio projects

This long-term project is still in the early planning stages, but will eventually involve a complete overhaul of the East Franklinton area near Columbus, Ohio. A draft of the plan for the project, which includes rezoning and redeveloping existing establishments, giving facelifts to existing buildings and open areas, and construction of new residential and commercial structures, was released in July of 2012. While some phases of the project will ideally be completed in the next three years, other phases won’t be addressed until 2030 or later. Recent developments include the Columbus City Council approving ordinances 1508-2013 and 1569-2013 creating the East Franklinton District and rezoning all the properties within the boundary on July 22, 2013. Council also appointed the members of the East Franklinton Review Board. The East Franklinton legislation was previously approved by the Downtown Commission on June 13, 2013 and the Franklinton Area Commission on June 11, 2013. The first meeting of the Review Board will occur in September 2013.

 

ELK TRANSMISSION LINE

AEP will soon construct the ELK Transmission Line, which will be a new 138-kilovolt power line in Vinton and Jackson counties in Ohio. The line is needed to maintain reliable electric service to AEP’s customers in the region. The new line is designed to prevent overloads of critical facilities and provide sufficient capacity for future growth and development in the area, where the load is projected to increase more than 1.5 percent each year for the next 10 years. As of July 2013, AEP was in the process of acquiring the necessary right-of-way easements for the project.

 

HAYES-WEST FREMONT TRANSMISSION LINE PROJECT

The Hayes-West Freemont Project consists of an approximately 30-mile long double circuit 138 kV transmission line from the line will run from the new Hayes Substation in Erie County to the existing West Fremont Substation in Sandusky County.  The new line will be built primarily on single wood poles with two guyed wood poles (steel poles may be installed at some locations) on 60-foot wide right-of-way access.  The preliminary estimate for this part of the project is $19 million.

The Ohio Power Siting Board certificated this project on August 25, 2014.

 

I-71 UPTOWN INTERCHANGE IMPROVEMENT

A new I-71 Uptown Interchange at Martin Luther King Drive would address significant access issues in the area. The project will reconfigure the exit ramps as well as some of the local roads. The recommended preferred alternative can be seen here. In January 2013, the Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council approved spending $2.4 million for detailed design, the second of four steps toward completing the project. As of July 2013, the detailed design had not been completed for the project. The next step is to acquire the necessary right-of-way. The timeline for right-of-way acquisition and construction is still uncertain. It is unlikely that right-of-way acquisition would be complete before sometime in 2014 or possibly 2015. This puts construction likely to begin in 2015 or later.

 

I-76/77 INTERCHANGE AKRON

ODOT is planning to dramatically improve the Interstate 76/77 interchange in Akron at South Main Street and South Broadway. The plan also calls for the purchase of a number of commercial buildings and homes in the area surrounding the current interchange in order to make way for expanded and reconfigured ramps and roadways. The plan more specifically includes:

• Shutting down the nearby Wolf Ledges Parkway/Grant Street interchange.

• Abandoning a portion of South Broadway at the highway.

• Relocating a part of South Main on the south end, and turning it from a one-way street into a two-way road from near GOJO Industries to Miller Avenue.

• Tearing down homes along West South Street for a new exit ramp from eastbound I-76/77.

ODOT is hoping work will start in 2016. Money is understandably an issue for the over $95 million project. However, the project has recently been tabbed as a Tier 1 recommendation in the Governor’s new $3 billion transportation funding plan. As of July 2013, the final design for the project had not been completed.

 

NEXUS GAS TRANSMISSION PIPELINE

Illinois project

The Nexus Gas Transmission pipeline will provide an avenue for transporting natural gas supplies from the Utica shale through Michigan and into Canada. The 30- to 36-inch diameter pipeline would be capable of carrying 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. The pipeline could possibly be in service as early as late 2015.

The proposed path for the NEXUS project will consist of a newly-constructed greenfield pipeline that will extend approximately 250 miles from receipt points in eastern Ohio to interconnects with the existing pipeline grid in southeastern Michigan. As proposed, the path will utilize both existing and expansion capacity on the interstate pipeline system owned by Vector Pipeline, L.P. (Vector) to access the Dawn Hub in Ontario. The proposed path will utilize existing corridors and infrastructure for most of its route to facilitate timely and efficient construction and to minimize environmental and local impacts.

Counties possibly affected: Lucas, Wood, Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Huron, Loraine, Medina, Wayne, Summit, Portage, Stark, Tuscarawas, Holmes, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Columbiana, Trumbull, Mahoning.

 

OHIO PIPELINE ENERGY NETWORK

The Ohio Pipeline Energy Network (“OPEN”) is an initiative spearheaded by Spectra Energy, a Houston based energy company, and partnered in Ohio by Chesapeake Energy designed to provide greater interconnectivity between the Utica and Marcellus shales in Ohio to the rest of the country. The project will involve the building of approximately 70 miles of new pipeline in Ohio, which will likley begin in Carroll County and travel south through the state. The companies involved are hopeful that the new pipeline could be in service by late 2014.

The OPEN project brings together the largest producer and leaseholder in the Utica shale play, the largest power generator in the region and the premier pipeline company with over 60 years of safe and reliable operational history in the state of Ohio. The project is anticipated to deliver substantial investment in energy infrastructure in the state through mineral leasing and development and construction of pipeline gathering and transportation infrastructure, as well as create significant jobs and lasting tax revenue for the state.

Counties affected: Columbiana, Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson, Belmont, Monroe

 

OPPORTUNITY CORRIDOR PROJECT

Costing roughly $331.3 million dollars, the Opportunity Corridor plans to improve the transportation system and economic development in the areas between I-490/I-77 and University Circle in Cleveland by connecting the two together. The proposed corridor will be 3.5 miles in length with anticipated speed limit of 35 mph.

The Opportunity Corridor Project has been divided into three construction sections:

  • Section 1 – East 105th Street from Quebec Avenue to north of Chester Avenue; Construction delayed.
  • Section 2A – New roadway from East 93rd St. to Quebec Ave. Design-Build; Construction to begin Spring, 2015.
  • Section 2B – New roadway from I-490/East 55th Street to East 93rd Street; Construction to begin in 2017 (TBD).

 

US 42 WIDENING – MEDINA TOWNSHIP

Costing approximately 27.1 million dollars, this road project involves improving approximately 1.44 miles of US 42 from south of Harding Street to south of Fenn Road in Medina Township.   US 42 will be widened from three to four lanes, including a median, between Harding Street to Hillview Way.  In addition, it will be widened to five lanes north of Ledgewood to just south of Fenn Road.   The widening of US 42 is anticipated to relieve congestion and reduce the frequency of crashes through the corridor.

The project is anticipated to begin as early as 2015.

 

WEST MLK DRIVE IMPROVEMENTS

This project is being undertaken by the City of Cincinnati in conjunction with ODOT’s I-71 Uptown Interchange project. The City will widen and reconstruct West Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (West MLK Drive) from near West McMicken Avenue to Clifton Avenue. There will be numerous landowner displacements as a result of these imrpovements. As of July 2013 the right-of-way acquisition process is underway. The schedule for construction has been moved back previously, but the project could see construction begin as early as late 2013. However, construction beginning in 2014 is a much more realistic expectation.

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