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ODOT Announces New Phase of Lake 2 Corridor Modernization

Phase V will Modernize State Route 2 within the City of Painesville

Garfield Heights (Wednesday, November 17, 2010)The Ohio Department of Transportation today announces an additional phase of the Lake 2 Corridor Modernization Plan.  The Lake County Commissioners yesterday approved the project to modernize the portion of State Route 2 between Newell Street and the Grand River.

This project will include the repair and resurfacing of 2.3 miles of State Route 2 from just east of Newell Street to the Grand River bridge within the City of Painesville corporation limits.

The project is estimated to cost about $5.9 million. 

The project is expected to go out for bids in late February 2011 with construction work beginning during the spring of 2011.  The bulk of the work is required to be completed in October 2011; however some resurfacing is permitted to be completed in 2012.

During the summer of 2011, the entrance ramp from Richmond Street to State Route 2 eastbound will be closed for bridge construction in the eastbound direction.  Motorists will be detoured along State Route 535 or U.S. 20.  The Richmond Street entrance ramp to State Route 2 westbound will remain open.

State Route 2 is the main artery through Northeast Ohio’s Lake County. Because of the direct access to jobs, entertainment, restaurants and more, Lake County residents and businesses alike utilize State Route 2 over neighboring Interstate 90.

The State Route 2 Corridor was originally built during the 1960’s and designed for traffic volumes around 30,000 vehicles each day. Since that time, traffic volumes have more than doubled in the region.  ODOT’s five-phase modernization plan is the first major upgrade to the roadway since that time.

The Lake 2 Corridor Modernization Plan and ODOT’s over $181 million investment will address substandard geometrics, noise and drainage issues as well as increase capacity in the region. This plan will modernize State Route 2 with a 35 year pavement design that will not require major maintenance for over two decades.

For more information, visit the project on the Web at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org/Lake2.

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For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us