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Kasich’s plan will invest $3 Billion in Ohio’s transportation system

Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor to be funded with Turnpike money, begin construction more than 13 years sooner

7/25/2013, 2:51 p.m.

CLEVELAND – Gov. John R. Kasich today unveiled a robust plan for improving Ohio’s transportation system with a $3 billion investment in infrastructure over the next several years. Kasich’s Jobs and Transportation plan will allow the state to eliminate decades long delays on some 41 new construction projects now slated to begin construction as soon as next year in some cases. Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor – a project that will construct a new boulevard from I-490 into the heart of the city’s University Circle business district – will see a 13-year delay wiped out.

“By thinking outside the box we’re attacking Ohio’s highway budget deficit without a tax increase and keeping Ohio’s highways in top condition,” Kasich said. “Our agriculture, manufacturing and logistics industries, as well as so many others, depend on our world class highway system for their success and the $3 billion in new funds made possible from our plan keeps them moving so Ohio’s economic recovery can keep moving.”

Kasich’s plan uses money from the Ohio Turnpike to help build Cleveland’s $324 million Opportunity Corridor and second $340 million Innerbelt Bridge. Other northeast Ohio projects getting Kasich’s green light include:

1) Two projects to widen I-271 in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties ($131million and $62.5 million, 12-year delay eliminated); 2) Adding lanes to I-80 through Mahoning and Trumbull counties ($116.7 million, 12-year delay eliminated); 3) Widening U.S. Route 20 in Lorain County ($48.7 million, 10-year delay eliminated); 4) Adding lanes to U.S. Route 42 in Medina County ($47 million, will remain on schedule); 5) Reconstructing portions of I-76 and I-77 in Summit County ($96.4 million, 11-year delay eliminated)

Kasich’s recommendations await a vote by the state’s independent Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC), which is slated for Thursday, July 25. The TRAC was established in 1997 to provide guidance to the state for reviewing and approving ODOT’s largest construction projects.

Some funds for the Jobs and Transportation plan were made possible by an innovative plan to issue bonds backed by Turnpike toll revenue dedicated exclusively to northern Ohio. The plan helps fill ODOT’s budget deficit without raising taxes.

Here is a complete list of projects across the state included in the governor’s Jobs and Transportation Plan:

Northeast Ohio

Cuyahoga County Innerbelt Bridge: Demolition of existing Innerbelt Bridge and construction of eastbound bridge. Total project cost is $340,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2016. Time saved is two years.

Cuyahoga County Cleveland Innerbelt: As part of the reconstruction of the Cleveland Innerbelt, remove SR14 (Broadway) over I-77. Total project cost is $42,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is nine + years.

Cuyahoga County I-77: Reconstruct, widen and add a lane along I-77. Total project cost is $47,500,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is nine + years.