Transportation Plan’ Project Begins in Summit County
Widening Project Scheduled to Start Thursday
4, 2014) – Work is scheduled to
begin on Thursday, September 4, on the $50.9 million project to replace and
widen pavement along I-271 between State Route 8 and the Cuyahoga County line
in the city of Macedonia.
The project will widen
I-271 to three lanes of traffic in each direction along the two and a half mile
stretch of highway, aimed at reducing congestion and improving traffic flow in
northern Summit County. Beginning in 2015, District 12 will also begin a
project to widen I-271 from the Summit County line to I-480 from three to five
lanes in each direction.
This widening project
is funded through Governor John R. Kasich’s Jobs and Transportation Plan, which
uses funds from the bond revenue generated from the Ohio Turnpike.
Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan could generate $1.5 billion in new funds for
Ohio highways from bonds issued by the Ohio Turnpike Commission and backed by
future toll revenues. Up to an additional $1.5 billion could be generated from
matching local and federal funds coming to a combined total of approximately $3
billion for Ohio’s major highway construction projects.
along I-271 will begin to see nightly lane restrictions between 8 p.m. and 6
a.m. while the contractor, Great Lakes Construction, begins to mill the outside
shoulders along I-271. In early October, once the shoulders are paved, traffic
will be shifted over to the outside lanes. At this time, widening work will
begin on the inside portion of I-271.Traffic will remain in this pattern
through July 2015. During construction two lanes of traffic will be maintained
in each direction of I-271 during peak hours, with various nightly lane
restrictions occurring in the evening.
This project also
includes the construction of a new I-271 northbound entrance ramp form SR 82
eastbound, via Freeway Drive. The new ramp is expected to be constructed during
the summer of 2015. The project will also widen SR 82 between Summer Dr. and
the Norfolk Southern Railroad bridge to add an additional turn lane. The entire
completion for this project is October 2016.
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
more information please contact:
Justin Chesnic, ODOT
District 4 Public Information Officer, at (330) 786-2209