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Posted on: February 20, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Reminder: City of Athens Open House - Richland Avenue Pedestrian Passageway Project

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The City of Athens, in cooperation with Ohio University, is hosting an Open House to provide interested parties an opportunity to review and comment on the planned pedestrian improvements project on Richland Avenue.

Richland Avenue is the main principal arterial on the south side of the City of Athens, serving approximately a third of the City's population. The existing at-grade crosswalk on Richland Avenue, between Bobcat Lane and West Green Drive, sees 6615 pedestrians per day with 584 pedestrians crossing during peak hour (2015 data).

The Richland Avenue Pedestrian Passageway Project is a proposed safety improvement to Richland Avenue at the existing at-grade crosswalk, and includes construction of a pedestrian passageway to separate pedestrian and vehicle traffic and alleviate traffic congestion issues on Richland Avenue.

The Open House will be held Tuesday February 20, from 3:30 pm to 6 pm in the Grover Center Atrium, 53 Richland Avenue. City and Ohio University representatives, along with representatives from Burgess & Niple, the design firm, will be available during the Open House for general questions about the project, and to gather feedback and any concerns about the project, environmental issues, historic issues, or features in the project area. Citizens are encouraged to drop by any time between 3:30 pm and 6 pm to complete a comment form, speak with a member of the project team, and share their thoughts on the project. There is no fixed program.

Information from the Open House, including the comment form, is posted on the City's website, City of Athens, Engineering and Public Works Projects and will be available for review and comment until midnight on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to provide comments or have questions, please send them to 30 Curran Drive, Athens OH 45701, or via email to, or through our online comment form: Richland Pedestrian Passageway Project, Online Comment Form.

The Open House is ADA accessible.

What: Public Open House

Date: Tuesday February 20, 2018

Time: 3:30 pm to 6 pm

Location: Grover Center Atrium 

 Ohio University Campus

 53 Richland Avenue

 Athens, Ohio


Parking: Please refer to the online Ohio University Map - Metered parking is available in Lot 120 and 122. Parking in Lot 134 is available to the public after 5 pm. 


For more information contact: City of Athens Engineering and Public Works Department at (740)-593-7636. 

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.

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