BEAVERCREEK — The City of Beavercreek is working to secure $500,000 in funding for a project that would eventually include adding additional entrance and exit ramps from Interstate 675 to Grange Hall Road near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The $18.6 million project is currently unfunded, but if the city is able to secure the $500,000 funding it will be able to do the preliminary work to plan for the eventual construction, records show.
Currently, the Grange Hall interchange with I-675 only has an exit ramp from I-675 south to Grange Hall and and entrance ramp from Grange Hall to I-675 north. The project would add both an on-ramp from Grange Hall to I-675 and an off-ramp from I-675 to Grange Hall.
“The purpose of the I-675/Grange Hall Interchange project is to improve travel efficiency and safety as well as better access to the two current major regional business/employee centers of WPAFB, Wright State University, and Soin Medical Center on Pentagon Blvd in the project area,” an application to the Dayton Development Coalition’s Dayton Region Priority Development and Advocacy Committee read.
The city believes changing the intersection from a partial to full interchange would help drive development on about 35 vacant acres of land near the proposed interchange, which could bring additional jobs to the region.
“Although this area is within the bounds of the City of Beavercreek, such an improvement to a full interchange would benefit WPAFB, its employees and all of the surrounding jurisdictions,” said Beavercreek City Manager Pete Landrum. “There appears to be universal support for the project as everyone realizes the importance of this project and how it will help WPAFB and the region.”
The interchange also would alleviate some traffic at the Col. Glenn Highway exit from I-675, which provides key access to the Nutter Center and Mall at Fairfield Commons, the city said.