Executive Summary of the report by the Center for Regional Development, BGSU, SR 66 Relocation Project –The Economic Consequences of a Truck Bypass.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR ECONOMIC STUDY
You can get there from here!!
In fact, you can get to half of the market of the U.S. and Canada within a one-day drive of Archbold. Major transportation arteries include the Ohio Turnpike (Interstate 80/90). A new interchange (Exit 25) is located at Road 24, right off of Route 66 and two others are 13 miles east and 14 miles west of the village.
Connections with Interstate 75 (north and south) are provided by the turnpike and by U.S. Route 6. Ohio Routes 2, 6, 20, 34 and 66 also serve Archbold. Twelve regional carriers take advantage of the highway system to provide speedy, reliable shipping.
Rail freight service is provided by the Norfolk/Southern system. East and west bound Amtrak passenger trains stop just minutes away.
Toledo Express Airport is only 30 minutes from Archbold and provides not only passenger service but is the hub for Burlington Air Express system’s worldwide connections. Shipments can also be made through Purolator, Federal Express, UPS and Express Mail. Fulton County Airport, located 14 miles east, has a 3,880 ft. paved, lighted runway for private aircraft. Hanger space and maintenance are available.
Bulk marine shipments to regional and international markets are easy via the St. Lawrence Seaway through the Port of Toledo.
Empirical Economic Impact Studies
Economic Impact projections are great tools for estimating the future effects of highway changes. They are, however, estimates only, based on the best available information.
On the other hand, empirical studies gather economic activity numbers before a project takes place, and compares them to numbers gathered after the project is complete.
Below are links to a number of empirical studies done on the affects of creating a bypass with a state highway. These are real world historical numbers, not projections. They tell an interesting story. They show that, in most cases, while fear of damage to existing businesses by a highway bypass is understandable, it seldom comes to pass after the project. In fact, in most cases the post project impact is positive. Getting trucks and a small percentage of the traffic out of the downtown can make it a more welcoming and pleasant place to walk, shop, eat, and just spend time.
- Iowa State Rural Bypass Study
- Wisconsin DOT The Economic Impacts of Highway Bypasses on Communities