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Expanded Rickenbacker Parkway Serves Logistics Industry With More Efficient Trucking Route
March 7, 2012
COLUMBUS – A three-mile stretch of Rickenbacker Parkway was recently opened to accommodate four lanes of traffic and provide a more efficient route for moving freight to and from the nearby Norfolk Southern Rickenbacker Intermodal Facility. The expansion improves the flow of truck traffic in the area surrounding Rickenbacker International Airport.
“In today’s climate, needed infrastructure must be in place before businesses consider expansion or breaking new ground,” explained Robin Holderman, Chief Asset & Development Officer for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority and co-chair of the Columbus Region Logistics Council’s infrastructure committee. “Decision-makers are not willing to take a gamble on future intentions to improve. They want to see that the investments have been or are programmed to be made.”
Rickenbacker Parkway was widened from Lockbourne Eastern Road in Pickaway County to Second Street in Franklin County. The next phase of upgrades, set to begin by early 2013, extends the four-lane parkway an additional mile from Second Street through the intersection at Alum Creek Drive up to SR-317 to create a streamlined north-south traffic flow to the interstate. Lane widening and pavement resurfacing will occur along SR-317 east and west of Alum Creek Drive and on Alum Creek Drive north of SR-317. Other project components include street lighting, signal replacement, sidewalks and a shared-use path.
The Columbus Regional Airport Authority is contributing more than $7 million for engineering design, construction administration and utility relocation, as well as $2 million in donated land for the right-of-way. Significant funding is also being provided by the state of Ohio ($15.25 million); the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission ($8.75 million); American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation ($8.5 million); and the city of Columbus ($2.3 million).
“The expansion of Rickenbacker Parkway is one of many examples demonstrating how the community is in alignment on the value of making investments in the Rickenbacker area,” said Holderman. “We are working together to be sure that Rickenbacker remains the pre-eminent location for logistics.”
At the Rickenbacker-area intersection of Alum Creek Drive and Groveport Road near I-270, construction is now under way on a $9.5-million reconfiguration that will add two roundabouts connected by a flyover bridge and bypass roadway. Led by the Franklin County Engineer’s office, this is the second of two phases of improvements. The first phase in 2011 created new through lanes northbound and southbound. Funding to complete the upgrades is provided by Franklin County, the state of Ohio through development and transportation funds, and federal programs through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the Ohio Public Works Commission.
About Rickenbacker Inland Port
Rickenbacker Inland Port is a multi-modal logistics hub known internationally for its expansive network of freight forwarders, cargo airlines and trucking companies, as well as the Norfolk Southern Rickenbacker Intermodal Terminal and a Foreign-Trade Zone. FedEx, UPS, Evergreen, Kalitta and Southern Air, among others move cargo through the international airport.
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