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FCC-OSPE Honors City of Delaware Project

Franklin County Chapter of Ohio Society of Professional Engineers Honors U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue Project

Krystal Paisley

May 19, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH – The Franklin County Chapter of Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (FCC-OSPE) awarded the Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award for the U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue improvement project. This award was presented to the City of Delaware and ms consultants, inc. by Kevin M. Ernst, P.E., FCC-OSPE President, at the FCC-OSPE May luncheon.


The Outstanding Engineering Achievement award is presented in recognition for outstanding engineering accomplishments in manufacturing, construction or design. Submissions are approved by the FCC-OSPE Board and judged on the project’s merit, value, and worth to the surrounding community.


The U.S. 23/Pennsylvania Avenue improvement project was completed and opened to traffic in October 2016. The project was recognized for its innovative solution to providing more direct and safer access from and to U.S. 23 for north Delaware.  By using as much of the existing infrastructure as possible, the project had less environmental impact and was constructed for $2.5 million, $8 million less than a full interchange would have cost.  This allowed this important safety improvement to advance more quickly with available funding.


The project included the construction of:


  • An extension of Sandusky Street - a new 1,040 foot long 3-lane street with sidewalk
  • The widening of 1,170 feet of US 23 for new turn lanes
  • A new traffic signal using mast arm supports at the Sandusky Street – US 23 intersection
  • New City of Delaware gateway aesthetic features


“Completion of the modified interchange provides for long requested improvement to highway access from residents of the growing northwest side of the community,” Delaware Director of Public Works/City Engineer, William L. Ferrigno, P.E., notes. “Though planning for the project began over 15 years ago, it was a combination of outside-the-box thinking and establishment of sufficient funds that finally allowed for the initiative to advance. Benefits from the expanded interchange also serves to relieve traffic congestion through the increasingly popular and revitalized downtown historic business and entertainment district. The city is very pleased with the final outcome of the effort.”    


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About ms consultants, inc.

ms is a multidiscipline engineering, architecture, and planning firm for the transportation, environmental, architecture, commercial, sustainability, railroad, and construction industries. Founded in 1963, ms is now in its second generation of family ownership. Today, the firm has nearly 400 employees among nine offices in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. ms consistently ranks as one of the “Top 500 Design Firms” by Engineering News-Record and was recently named a “Top 300 Architectural Firm” by Architectural Record.


Krystal Paisley
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