Construction has begun for the U.S. 40/Ohio Valley Mall Connector in Belmont County, OH
It will cross I-70 and end at the Mall Road-Banfield Road intersection.
It’s will provide traffic capacity, safety, and economic development.
“We know that the Mall Road and the Mall road interchange on I-70 has safety and capacity issues with it,” said City of St. Clairsville Director of Public Service and Safety Dennis Bigler. “We hired traffic engineers to do studies 20 years into the future and they said there was a need to improve mall road.”
Now it’s finally a reality as the first phase of the $26 million project is underway.
The Transportation Improvement district is responsible for the first phrase which is expected to be completed by October.
“The construction that is happening now will be a three lane road that starts here at U.S. Route 40, just east of St. Clairsville,” said Belmont County Commissioner Mark Thomas. “It will go behind Sam’s Club and Lowe’s and ODOT will pick it up from there.”
Belmont County funded the $1.7 million for the first phase. They’ll need the rest of the money when the next phase starts in 2017.
On Friday, they received another $225,000 from the Governor’s Office of Appalachia.
It’s more than just a new roadway. Housing, shopping, and wellness centers are in the development process. Thomas says the roadway is just the start of it all
“What’s going to happen we hope here in June or July will be the construction of what will be known as the St. Clair Commons,” Thomas says. Again, on the 100 arches is a projected wellness center, an out patient medical facility, a YMCA, a pad for a hotel and housing.”
Thomas says their will be senior housing, residential housing, town housing, and single family homes.
The entire road is planned to be open by late 2018.