Residents near the Intel site should soon start to see a decrease in truck traffic on Mink Street related to the project. The City of New Albany recently completed construction of a haul road north of Jug Street at Harrison Road that will be used for truck traffic headed to the Intel site. The City also completed construction of a roundabout at Jug and Harrison. Trucks will still be able to exit the Intel site via Mink Street for the time being. The new truck route can be seen in the map below.
Several roads remain closed or open for restricted use as transportation improvement projects continue in the area. 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. 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.