Central Ohio Infrastructure Projects Help Maintain Competitive Advantage

    March 1, 2019

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and Columbus 2020 are continuing their work to advance strategic infrastructure investments across the Columbus Region through the Competitive Advantage Projects (CAP) initiative. The second round of a prioritized project list was recently completed – with 43 priority projects, located throughout 10 counties and totaling more than $5.2 billion.

    The projects are prioritized with input from local elected officials, economic development professionals, business leaders, and others stakeholders. The priority projects include infrastructure improvements for transportation, water and sewer, energy, telecommunications and smart technology, and strategic planning in the Central Ohio region.

    “As the region grows, we must be strategic in guiding our infrastructure development. It’s important for Central Ohio to have a list of prioritized, shovel-ready infrastructure projects to share with federal and state officials and work to advance toward funding and construction.”
    MORPC Economic Development & Infrastructure Officer Nathaniel Kaelin

    Major project examples include:

    • Columbus Crossroads (I-70/I-71 Innerbelt) through downtown Columbus
    • Big Walnut Interchange in Delaware County
    • Linking the City of Lancaster with job centers in central Columbus through a new transit route
    • Restoring a freshwater source to Buckeye Lake to improve water quality and tourism
    • Expanding the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor improvements through Union and Logan counties
    • Improving the logistics-focused interchange at I-70 and SR 29 in Madison County
    • Improving regional transportation assets such as access to Rickenbacker and new facilities at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport

    In 2016, MORPC began engaging counties to invite their participation in the initiative. Each county compiled a comprehensive list of planned and desired infrastructure investments, and prioritized the top three to five projects for their county. The counties recently revisited their lists of priorities in the in advance of the current legislative session.

    The full listing of CAP projects can be viewed at morpc.org/cap, where an interactive map of the projects and one-page information sheets on each project are available.

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