The City of Columbus is spending 500 thousand dollars to hire a consulting firm to study mobility options in the Northwest Corridor.
The Columbus Department of Public Service identifies the target area as Olentangy River Road from Bethel Road to West Broad Street. Department spokesperson Justin Goodman says it's one of five corridors identified for study that will see population and traffic explosions over the next three decades.
Goals include development of a multi-modal transportation system supportive of development patterns. Goodman says the area has some challenges.
But he says it also has the potential for growth.
Goodman says the study will take 12-to-18 months to complete, and will also be funded by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the Central Ohio Transit Authority and other organizations. It's not clear when the other four corridors will be studied. The studies are part of MORPC's "Insight2050" project, announced a few years ago.