Design work begins this year for Thornwood Drive improvements at Main

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Newark — The city of Newark plans to begin design work later this year to improve Thornwood Drive at the hilly intersection with West Main Street, which stretches from River Road to Faye Drive.

The goal of the project is to eliminate the steep hills around the intersection and create a semi-track-friendly economic development corridor from Ohio 16 to Interstate 70 as part of a multi-community partnership.

The corridor is the route from Ohio 16 to Thornwood Crossing, avoiding the Cherry Valley Road bridge and following a new road to Thornwood Drive, Heath south to Ridgeley Tracto Road, and Ohio 79 to Hebron and the State. Continue to Interstate 70.

“We will open up all the land in the western and southern parts of Newark to Heath and improve connections from 16 to 79,” said Brian Morehead, an engineer in Newark. “It’s really important to the economy of the community.”

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