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How will expansion of the airport affect local road usage.
The airport has admitted that increased airport usuage will put a burden on already busy local
roadways, yet local tax-payers will be forced to bear the costs of any improvements to these roads.
(The following information is from the 1990 "Ohio State University Airport Master Plan Study," page 95; the 1998 draft "Don Scott Field Area District Plan," pages 11-12, 29-30; as well as common knowledge about these roads.)
"Access to the Airport by automobile is provided by Bethel and Godown roads,
Linworth and Godown roads, West Case Road, Sawmill Road and Dublin-Granville
Road." The 1998 Draft Plan states the following (emphasis added):
Though less than one mile from an interchange, it is primarily situated on and
accessed by two-lane roads, one being a congested state route and the other a
residential, and formerly rural roads. SR 161 between Linworth and Dublin and
I-270 between Dublin and Worthington are perceived to be two of the tightest
traffic bottlenecks in the City. Development of the Don Scott Field Area
District must include a plan to improve the primary roads that access the
site(s) regardless of the property type to be developed..
West Case Road:
"A two-lane collector that carries 10,00 vehicles per day. It
is expected to carry 16,00 vehilces per day in 2020. West Case Road is expectedto remain a two lane road." It is an unimporved, unlighted, county road, conjested with local residential and school traffic. Also see this question.
"A narrow two-lane residential collector that carried 7,00 vehilesper day in 1995. Traffic is expected to grow to 12,500 vehiles per day by 2002.
Godown is projected to remain a two-lane collector street."
It is winding, unimproved, unlighted county road, conjested with local
residential traffic. Frequently traffic comes to a halt because of trains
crossing Godown just west of the Linworth-Godown intersection.
Linworth Road: 2 lane, hilly, unimproved, unlighted country road conjested with residential
traffic. Used as a secondary connector between Bethel and Dublin-Granville Rd.
Traffic on Linworth stops caused by stacking cars waiting for trains crossing
Dublin-Granville Road (St. Rt. 161):
"A two-lane facilty currently carrying 20,00 vehicles per day. Traffic
flaw is expected to increase by 135% by 2002." It is an unlighted, unimproved road. It is a major East/West connector to 315 for Dublin, Columbus and Worthington. It serves residential and retail traffic. It is usually conjested and frequently comes to a halt
because train tracks cross the roadway in Linworth. ODOT has NO funds and NO
plans to widen Dublin Granville Road.
Bethel Road: 4 lanes, improved, lighted. It serves as a major cross town
connector from Dubln and Columbus to 315. It services both residential and
retail traffic and is heavily traveled during rush hour.
Sawmill Road:"Carries an average daily traffic count of 26,000 vehicles per day. Traffic is expected to increase by 46% by 2002."
It is 5 lanes, improved and lighted. Serves as a North-South connector for Dublin,
Columbus and Worthington to I 270. It services both residential and retail
traffic and becomes conjested with commuters during rush hours.
Who pays for improvements?
Any roadway improvements to West Case, Goodown, Sawmill, Bethel, or Linworth would be paid for by the city of Columbus because they are local roads. Improvements to 161 could be picked up by the state. However, Scott N. Phinney of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) states "ODOT has
absolutely no involvement in the OSU airport expansion. We have no funds or
personnel involved on any expansion issues. Neither to do we have anyone
working on any road improvements for the airport."