Intel has indicated there will be 3,000 employees at the plant in the first few years working in three shifts. It’s not widely known, but there are already 18,000 employees commuting to work in the New Albany International Business Park, which, it’s estimated, includes more than 10,000 into Licking County.
As many commuters know, existing growth in the past few years already has created slowdowns on St. Rt. 161. At the time of the Intel announcement, the Ohio Dept. of Transportation indicated plans and funding to see St. Rt. 161 widened from US62 west to I-270.
Other regional growth over the past decade has created some problems, such as the intersection of U.S. 62 and St. Rt. 37 in downtown Johnstown. This problem exists irrespective of Intel’s plans. Johnstown’s elected leaders are aware of the problem and are working on a solution. The Insight will report their progress in future editions.
A number of planned road improvements are to be made as part of the Intel plant development. Additionally, future improvements are being sought as part of advocacy by Licking County leaders. There are details in the May 2022 edition of Insight.