New road will give campus second entrance and community greater access
Pictured from left: Marion County Engineer Brad Irons, Marion County Commissioner Andy Appelfeller, Marion County Commissioner Dan Russell, Marion County Commission Chair Ken Stiverson, Ohio State Marion Dean and Director, Dr. Greg Rose.
Marion County Commission Chair Ken Stiverson accepts the signed Memorandum of Understanding between the County and The Ohio State University, allowing planning for a connector road between SR 95 and SR 529 to move forward.
With today’s delivery of a signed agreement to the Marion County Commissioners by Ohio State Marion, the university and Marion County have now formally agreed to terms for development of a new road along the western edge of the Marion Campus.
The road will be a continuation of University Drive, which now extends from State Route 95 north to Harding High School. The new southern leg will connect to State Route 529 and give the community a more direct route between the southern and eastern portions of Marion.
“We’re glad this day has arrived,” said County Commission Chair Ken Stiverson. “We’re looking forward to adding this major improvement to our county’s transportation system.”
In handing off the signed agreement, Ohio State Marion Dean and Director, Gregory S. Rose said the new road would be important to both the community and the campus that houses Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College.
“This will give us a second entrance in and out of the campus,” said Rose, “improving safety and mobility for our students, staff, and faculty. It’s also important to the community and we’re glad to play our role in furthering the community’s agenda.”
With today’s agreement in place, Marion County Engineer Brad Irons can resume discussions with the Ohio Department of Transportation, which is expected to provide the bulk of the funding for the new connector.
“We can now begin the process of selecting a consulting engineering firm to prepare the detailed plans,” he said.
Once those plans are complete, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees will be asked to formally grant the easement for the ground on which the new road will be located. Irons estimates planning could take the better part of a year, with construction occurring in 2013.
The connector road is expected to incorporate sidewalks and walkway lighting along its length, as well as mounding and landscaping to preserve the aesthetics of the campus. An entrance into the west side of the campus will be incorporated into the design, with a traffic light at that intersection to control traffic arriving and departing from the campus. Safety will also be enhanced as emergency vehicles will soon have two ways into the Marion Campus.
“We look forward to seeing the detailed design,” said Dean Rose.