Businesses must adapt to new technology to expand their productivity and opportunities. As the needs of businesses evolve and technology advances, communities must also ensure they can accommodate the rapidly changing needs of businesses and residents.
Recognizing the need for “anywhere and everywhere” connectivity, the 33 Corridor Fiber Collaborative is designed to offer multiple options for high-speed and redundant fiber optic service for users that require the movement of large amounts of data across multiple platforms.
In November 2016, Governor John Kasich announced a $15 million investment to make a 35-mile stretch of US-33 between Dublin and East Liberty into a real-world proving ground for autonomous and connected vehicles.
Upon completion of construction, businesses along the US-33 corridor will have access to the level of reliability, speed, and power that they need to remain a major player in the highly-competitive global marketplace.
Construction of Phase I of the project was completed in 2017 and included the installation by ODOT of nearly 39 miles of fiber optic cable along the US-33 corridor. Phase II, set to be completed in 2019 by the NW 33 Council of Governments, will add an additional 42 miles of fiber along Industrial Parkway from Dublin to East Liberty and throughout the City of Marysville. Combined, these two fiber segments will offer 432 strands of redundant fiber.
Weather permitting, a minimum of 24 strands of fiber is expected to be tested and operational by early 2018 to facilitate high speed communications along the corridor. The remaining strands of fiber (432 total) is scheduled to be complete by Summer 2019. In addition to miles of fiber optic cable, the $4.8 million dollar project also includes 250 pull boxes that will adequately house the cable throughout the corridor.
Once completed, the fiber network will also allow automotive testing, R&D, and manufacturing facilities to test smart transportation and autonomous vehicle technologies on US-33, a highway that carries up to 50,000 vehicles per day.
The fiber network will instantaneously link researchers and traffic monitors with data generated from embedded wireless sensors along the highway. The sensors will provide more frequent and accurate traffic counts, weather and surface condition monitoring, and incident management improvements.