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Black Walnut Parkway Extension Discussed
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 9:58 PM

The Monroe County commissioners met on Feb. 4 with a full agenda. The highlight of the meeting was another detailed conversation about the proposed Black Walnut Parkway Extension. While the project is still unfunded and possibly years from completion, a plan is beginning to take shape.

The extension, which would make a direct route from SR 800 to the industrial park, still does not have a designated route. Five different route possibilities have been put on the table, some designed by Matt Brake of Swiss Valley Associates, and some designed by engineers with the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

A six million dollar span separates the estimated cost of the costliest route and the cheapest route. However, Anthony Durm of ODOT warned those attending not to gravitate immediately to the most direct route. “You have to think of several strategies instead of thinking only of the alignment of the road,” Durm said. Some of the factors to consider is topography and the amount of earth that would have to be moved because of it as well as possible future expansions of the runway at the Monroe County Airport.

The suggestion from those attending from ODOT is to seek funding that will allow research to be done on the feasibility and cost of each route. Then, after choosing a route, the main source of funding would be sought in order to complete the actual project.

“One of the main things is crafting the project so it's marketable,” Durm said. Many things will play a part in making an application for funding desirable. Safety issues will be highlighted as well as the benefits of the general public in having a new road. 

 

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