Increased Truck Traffic Expected on Mink Street through Month of July

An increase in truck traffic is expected on Mink Street throughout the month of July associated with prep work ahead of Intel’s $20 billion investment in New Albany and the region.

Several roads are currently closed or open for restricted use. Those roads include the following:

  • Miller Rd. east of Clover Valley Rd.
  • Clover Valley Rd. south of Miller Rd.
  • Jug St. between US-62 and Beech Rd., which is open to local traffic.

All of the closures and restrictions listed above are related to prep work that is being done to get the Intel site ready for groundbreaking.

The City of New Albany has been working to widen Jug St. between Beech Rd. and Harrison Rd. to three lanes and has been constructing a roundabout at Harrison Rd.

The city is also constructing a haul road north of Jug St. at Harrison Rd. that will be used solely for truck traffic headed to and from the Intel site. However, the city is not anticipating that haul road to be ready until August. Because of that, there is going to be a significant increase in truck traffic along Mink St. in July and August.

The map below shows the temporary truck traffic route that will be in place at the start of July and will remain in place until the haul road is opened in August. Trucks will be traveling along Mink St. between 161 and Miller Rd.

Sometime in August, the City of New Albany expects trucks will be able to travel up Beech Rd. to Jug St. and to the newly created haul road to the Intel site. That new route, as seen in the map below, will go a long way to alleviating truck traffic on Mink St.

Even though all of the required permits have not yet been approved for Intel to begin construction on its semiconductor fabs at this point, the site has been approved for site enabling work to begin.

Enabling works are the preparation of a site in readiness for the first stage of development. Examples include installing perimeter fencing, carrying out initial ground work, building access routes and putting up safety signage.

In order for actual construction of Intel’s fabs and other development to begin, Intel has to receive approval for the necessary permits. Permitting for construction is reviewed by city staff and relevant state agencies. Planning & zoning, engineering, and building permits do not require public meetings or review. However, state agencies, such as Ohio EPA, frequently conduct public hearings prior to issuing a permit. Any permits that Ohio EPA approves must meet federal and state environmental rules and laws that are protective of human health and the environment.

The City of New Albany expects road improvements to continue and site work ramp up through the summer.