Delaware County Tanger Outlet Could Hit Road Block
Some residents living near an area slated to be developed are nervous about traffic.
The 350,000-square-foot outlet, which is owned by the Simon Property Group and the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, is planned for a location off of Interstate 71, 20 miles north of downtown and 11 miles north of Interstate 270, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The Ohio Department of Transportation just wrapped up a safety improvement project at the interchange, three of the interchange's four ramps were widened and turn lanes were added.
"It's just smoother and cleaner," said Doug Kamerer of a nearby Harley Davidson store.
Many are concerned that added traffic from the outlets will bring much more traffic. However, Kamerer is seeing the chrome-plated lining.
"That traffic for us will be vital for our business because folks are going to come up here," Kramerer said. "Women ride Harley's too, but there are going to be a lot of guys that drop their wives off and come here to check us out."
The Franklin County Engineers Office told 10TV they haven't received a traffic study or a plan from the developers explaining what roads cars will use to get in and out of the mall. ODOT is working on a proposal that would deal with the added traffic at the interchange.
ODOT also said that plans to build a new interchange are in the works, but says construction won't begin until late 2014 at the earliest.
Developers planned to open the mall in time for the 2014 holiday shopping season.
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