When the Hamilton Road corridor was averaging 18,000 vehicles per day, more than its 16,000 vehicle per day capacity, the City of Gahanna knew an improvement was needed.
In 2011, the City of Gahanna and the Franklin County Engineer’s Office formed a partnership to improve the Hamilton Road corridor. The goal was to create a roadway to meet its capacity needs and improve operations, while also incorporating pedestrians and bicycles.
The Hamilton Road widening project went far beyond just road widening. Details for the $12 million improvement project include:
The two roundabouts as part of the Hamilton Road widening project were the first multilane roundabouts in the City of Gahanna. Because of the common misconceptions and concerns surrounding roundabouts, it was key to educate the community.
The City of Gahanna took a proactive and expansive approach to educate the community. Roundabout education included:
In addition to educational outreach for the community, local residents were one of the key focuses when designing the roundabouts.
Pedestrian- and bicyclists-friendly features include:
The inclusion of these features make this a more inviting corridor for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. By including all user types, this area encourages healthier, more sustainable, transportation and improves safety.
The City of Gahanna is officially designated as a “Bee City USA.” As the Hamilton Road project began, Gahanna also wanted to promote its support for pollinators and the Bee City designation.
The Hamilton Road roundabouts were landscaped with 100% pollinator-friendly trees, shrubs, and flowers. Planting native pollinators improve the health of native pollinator species such as honey bees and monarch butterflies. These efforts created the first pollinator oasis islands in Central Ohio.