U.S. 23-Pennsylvania Avenue Interchange

The U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue interchange was built in the 1960s as a partial movement interchange to save costs and promote traffic through the downtown. As traffic volume has increased over the years, this interchange has become inadequate to move traffic safely and efficiently. This configuration does not allow northbound U.S. 23 traffic to exit onto Pennsylvania Avenue and traffic from Pennsylvania Avenue cannot enter southbound U.S. 23.

Spring 2015 Update:

  • The design of the improvements is complete.  
  • Right-of-way acquisition is currently underway.  The City of Delaware is managing the right-of-way acquisition process on behalf of ODOT, utilizing ms consultants to assist.   The project largely is contained to right-of-way property already owned by the City.
  • Columbia Gas will be the first private utility company to relocate their facilities for this project.  Their work is scheduled to begin in mid-March 2015, and will be contained within existing right-of-way.  However, the work will cause disruption to lawn areas and driveways.  Columbia Gas will be performing restoration of areas disturbed due to their relocation activities.  If issues arise during relocation activities residents can report them here or to Columbia Gas:

Heidi Zacher – Field Engineer

Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc.

Office:  614.818.2107

Cell:  419.376.5221

  • Other private utility companies (i.e. power, phone companies) will be performing their relocation work later in 2015.  Full construction of the public improvements will occur in 2016, with the goal of substantial completion in time for the Delaware County Fair in 2016.
  • The project cost, expected to be around $3.5 million, will be shared by the City and the State of Ohio.

Preferred Alternative (PDF)
The Sandusky Street Extension was selected after significant analysis and public input in fall 2006.  The proposed interchange arrangement involves constructing an extension of Sandusky Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to U.S. 23. This extension creates a two-way street from what is now the southbound exit ramp and will end at a new signalized, at-grade intersection on U.S. 23. Pennsylvania Avenue traffic traveling north to U.S. 23 will continue to use the existing bridge and entrance ramp. Northbound U.S. 23 motorists would be able to turn onto the new connector at the partially signalized intersection. Additionally, reconstruction of the bridge over U.S. 23 would not be required.

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