ODOT approves $3 million for Wilmington Pike/I-675 interchange project

CENTERVILLE — Major improvements are coming to an interchange that thousands of Miami Valley drivers use daily.

The Ohio Department of Transportation approved $3 million to be used to improve the I-675/Wilmington Pike interchange.

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“This is an interchange that has has a lot of growth around it,” Steve Stanley, executive director of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, said. “You would expect the traffic conditions to create a need for an upgrade over time.”

Stanley told News Center 7′s Candace Price that the nearly 40-year-old interchange was due for an update to improve safety and relieve traffic congestion.

The funding required a local match and was called a “key step in efforts to increase safety, ease congestion and support development within the region” in a news release. Greene County, Centerville and Sugarcreek Twp. came together to plan the improvements with the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District.

A feasibility study began in late 2020 and has explored the needed improvements to the interchange and the surrounding roadways. Officials expect that study to be completed by 2022.

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“The current feasibility study will provide us with an analysis of existing and projected traffic, as well as a framework to evaluate potential solutions that increase the capacity of the interchange and the surrounding roadway network,” Stephanie Ann Goff, Greene County engineer, said in a release.

While the interchange project is still years away from the start on construction, the $3 million funding will be used to move the project to its next phase, which will include the engineering design for the interchange.