Aicholtz Road Connector

Project Scope:

The Aicholtz Road Connector will reestablish a vital link in the Eastgate area’s roadway network by reopening a portion of Aicholtz Road that was disconnected when I-275 was originally built. When improvements on I-275 at SR 32 were made in 2015, the underpass was reconstructed to allow local improvements on Aicholtz to take place.

A new center turn lane will ease congestion and reduce conflict points for turning traffic. Aicholtz will also be widened; there will be two travel lanes west of I-275 to Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, where the alignment will also be improved, and three lanes from I-275 to Eastgate Boulevard.

A new sidewalk on the south side of the street will support pedestrian activity throughout this corridor, and also improve connectivity to the Ivy Pointe area.

PHASE 1 of this project from Eastgate Boulevard to I-275 began in the summer of 2016, and will be completed in 2017.

PHASE 2 of this project from I-275 to Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road will be completed in 2017.

Start of Construction:

June 2016

Community Benefit:

The Aicholtz Connector will help reduce congestion on SR 32 and improve access and mobility for local residents and businesses. For traffic traveling east-west from the Eastgate area to Mt. Carmel Tobasco Road, the Aicholtz Connector will provide an alternative route to SR 32.

Significant safety enhancements will also be made with the addition of a center turn lane and roadway alignment improvements.

Estimated Completion Date:

Fall 2017

Estimated Construction Cost:

$6.25 million

Project Documents:

Aicholtz map

Project Status

Major work is underway on Aicholtz Road to reestablish this important east-west county artery. Please make note of the following closures in the area, and refer to the related maps for detour information:
  • Beginning Monday, February 6, 2017, Old SR 74 access to SR 32 will be closed permanently. While drivers adjust to this new pattern of traffic, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will closely monitor and adjust traffic signals in this area.
  • Also beginning Monday, February 6, 2017, Old SR 74 will be closed between the intersections of Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Road and Aicholtz Road/Rust Lane. This closure will be in place through April 28, 2017.
  • Continuing now through Friday, March 24, 2017, Forest Trail is now closed approximately 140-feet south of Old SR 74.
  • The closure at the intersection of Old SR 74 on Aicholtz Road/Rust Lane remains in place through Friday, April 28, 2017.

Following are several detour maps highlighting these closures. Please note that local access for residential traffic will be maintained, and modified access to local businesses will be marked by signage.

Aicholtz Road Detour Map 1 of 2 for 2/6/17

Aicholtz Road Detour Map 2 of 2 for 2/6/17

Forest Trail Culvert Replacement Detour Map 1/30/17 to 3/24/17

The images below show work moving forward on the Aicholtz Road Connector. Click here to see more project photos.