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March 19, 2018

2/23/2018 3:22:00 PM
U.S. 50 access into Cherry Lane on track
OVRDC Caucus discussion indicates good funding potential
This section of U.S. Route 50 near the Campbell’s Market entrance to the Cherry Lane Retail Development in McArthur may be widened as part of a major traffic improvement project. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

This section of U.S. Route 50 near the Campbell’s Market entrance to the Cherry Lane Retail Development in McArthur may be widened as part of a major traffic improvement project. (Telegram Photo by Red Thompson, Jr.)

Staff Writer

A project the Village of McArthur has been working on to add a turn lane at the U.S. Route 50 entrances to the Cherry Lane Retail Development is moving through a funding process and has a good chance of gaining final approval. The positive projection was made by Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) Executive Director John Hemmings Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the first-round meeting of Vinton County's OVRDC Caucus.

Hemmings stated the proposed $418,000 project has the support of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the key funding agency involved in the project. He has been working on the project with McArthur Mayor Kim Wortman and county officials as well as ODOT Regional Manager Fred Vogal.

The 10-acre Cherry Lane development, located next to the Vinton County High School campus, is now way under the direction of Emmett Conway, Jr. The first business to open was the Campbell's Market grocery store. Later, the University of Rio Grande Community College purchased land for a new McArthur/Vinton County branch.

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An access road has since been built and three other lots have also been cleared off for the planned sale to three other light commercial businesses. Cherry Lane represents one of the largest private commercial developments in the county's history.

This project does not include the one the commissioners worked on with ODOT to make improvements from the west end of Cherry Lane to the Vinton County Middle School.

There are also several large retailing businesses, including R&C Quick Stop, McDonald's, Dettwiller True Value Hardware and Mickey McDonald's car lot and towing all located along the strip. The high school and middle school sports facilities are located there in this area as well and there is more land available for development in what has been become the prime growth area for Vinton County. However, the county commissioners, school leaders and citizens are concerned about the increasing traffic volume and the need for a turn lane into Cherry Lane.

Mayor Wortman explained this project is an important one as it involves expanding commercial growth and educational resources, along with employment opportunities. The mayor also wants to work with the OVRDC group in smaller projects as well, especially for Wyman Park. He told Hemmings he appreciates what OVRDC does for the area.

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