ODOT Receives Federal Approval to Proceed with Opportunity Corridor Project
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Wednesday, May 7, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have approved the Opportunity Corridor’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the project has now been issued a “Record of Decision” by FHWA.
The Record of Decision completes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and allows ODOT to move forward with the transportation and economic development project aimed at connecting I-490 to the University Circle neighborhood.
The proposed boulevard between the I-490/East 55th Street intersection and Quincy Avenue will be built where no roads exist today, however the stretch from Quincy Avenue to Chester Avenue will be built on existing East 105th Street. Outside of the transportation benefits it could bring to the Cleveland area, this effort opens the potential for new economic development, new jobs and a new identity for the community.
A copy of the FEIS and Record of Decision is available on the project webpage.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005
or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us