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Here come the orange barrels

Scott Seitz2 • Apr 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Gov. John R. Kasich's Jobs and Transportation Plan is fueling a $2.5 billion state construction season -- the largest ever -- that will put more Ohioans back to work building some of the state's largest transportation projects.

Just a few years ago, transportation officials were forced to push back -- sometimes by decades -- many of the transportation projects communities need in order to improve motorist safety and local economic vitality. In response, Kasich unlocked the value of the Ohio Turnpike to bond $1.5 billion to help fill the gap. That money, combined with federal, state, and local investments over six years, will allow for $3 billion in new infrastructure spending -- and much of that work begins this year.

"Ohio is leading the Midwest in job creation over the past three years and our highways are critical to our ability to keep our job creation momentum," said Kasich. "By thinking creatively, we were able to develop a solution that will allow us to move ahead sooner with some key projects across the state and as a result, the future of our roadways is much better than it was a few years ago."

The Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) 2014 construction season includes 936 different projects throughout the state totaling $2.5 billion.

The Ohio Turnpike is partially or entirely funding multiple phases of 5 different projects that will begin or continue this year, including:

Construction of Cleveland's eastbound George V. Voinovich Bridge in Cleveland.

Interstate 75 highway reconstruction program through Wood and Hancock counties.

Reconstruction of Ohio 57 in Lorain County.

Widening of Interstate 271 in northern Summit County.

Construction of Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor.

Locally, motorists will see work either begin or continue on a number of transportation projects including:

U.S. 250 and Strub Road intersection improvement project in Sandusky (Erie County)

Ohio 58 railroad grade separation project in the village of Wellington (Lorain County)

Ohio 611 and Interstate 90 bridge rehabilitation in the city of Avon (Lorain County).

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