|Tipp City Deciding On Study Of Transportation Logistics|
|Written by Nancy Bowman|
|Wednesday, 04 April 2012 20:35|
Tipp City could be joining other communities in the areas near the Dayton International Airport in a study of transportation logistics.
The focus area likely would be the Interstate 70-75 corridor and the nearby County Road 25A corridor, Brad Vath, assistant city manager, told City Council earlier this month.
The possibility of a detailed transportation logistics study grew out of meetings city representatives have attended with the Montgomery County Transportation District.
Group members all share proximity to the Dayton International Airport and the interstate interchange. Among participants have been Butler Township, Dayton, Vandalia, Union, Tipp City and Miami and Montgomery counties.
The Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District (TID) would be in charge of and administer any study project. The city is not TID member, but would be a partner with it in any study, City Manager Jon Crusey said.
A formal agreement including costs and scope of work is being developed, Vath said.
Participating in the study could benefit the city with the new Abbott liquid nutrition products project on County Road 25 along with the Meijer Distribution Center, Transfreight, the Northgate Commerce Center and other area businesses involved in transportation, he said.
“It seems like a good match for us to at least be in on the ground floor,” Vath said.
He foresees a study obtaining specific data and information about the types of freight coming into and leaving the area to help planners and others determine what niches in transportation/logistics on which to focus.
Vath said the group also is looking at the County Road 25A widening south of the area Tipp City is working on widening. That project is important as traffic is detoured along 25A when I-75 is closed, he said.
Crusey said the agreement to participate in the study would be brought to council for its OK. The study basically would help the city see how it “may be able to take advantage of our position,” Crusey said.
“I’d rather be at the table discussing this than setting back and not involved,” he added.
Councilman Mike McDermott pointed out that Tipp City’s location closer to the airport and the interstate interchange differentiates it from its fellow Miami County communities. “It puts us in a logistics corridor,” he said.
Council indicated a willingness to at least consider study participation once it has more specifics and a cost figure.