Commuters on I-271 Get Congestion Relief with Widening Project
Local leaders are pleased the long awaited project is moving forward
 
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Wednesday, July 31, 2013) Today, along the Bedford Automile, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) showcased a widening project on I-271 that will relieve routine congestion on a popular corridor linking Cleveland, Akron and Canton.
 
This and other projects across the state were made possible by the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) preliminary approval to Gov. John R. Kasich’s “Jobs and Transportation Plan” – a robust proposal to create as many as 60,000 new jobs and grow Ohio’s economy with a $3 billion investment that accelerates key highway projects.
 
The need for the I-271 widening project between Miles Road and the Summit County line was identified in March 2002 and previous funding projections showed construction beginning in 2027.  Now, with the governor’s innovative funding plan, the estimated $125 million project is scheduled to begin in 2016!
 
State Representative John Barnes, Jr., District 12 Deputy Director Myron Pakush, local mayors along the corridor and local businesses are pleased with the announcement that this project will begin sooner than originally expected. 
 
“Without funding for transportation, our citizens, commerce and safety will suffer,” said District 12 Deputy Director Myron Pakush.  “Without this plan, many projects here and around the state, would not see construction – and the economic development that comes along with it – for another decade.”
 
Interstate 271 will be widened from two to three lanes north and southbound between Miles and Columbus Road and from three to five lanes north and southbound between Columbus and the I-480/I-271 split near the Summit County line.  Construction will last two years and includes replacement of the existing pavement, noise walls, lighting and signing. 
 
A similar project to widen I-271 from two to three lanes will be constructed in Summit County between the Cuyahoga County line and SR 8 and will improve access to the Ohio Turnpike.  That project is scheduled to begin in 2014 and be complete in 2016 for an estimated cost of $60 million.
 
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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005
or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us