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  • NEWS RELEASE

    Office of the Governor Bob Taft
    Ohio Department of Transportation 
    Internet News Release
    November 30, 2000

    TAFT BREAKS GROUND FOR KING-GRAVES INTERCHANGE
    $7 Million Project Part of Regional Airport Redevelopment

    Vienna - Governor Bob Taft and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today joined representatives of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce and elected officials to commemorate the beginning of construction of the King-Graves Road interchange. The $7 million project is one of the final phases of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airports redevelopment plan.

    "The King-Graves interchange is critical to the growth of northeast Ohio," Taft said. "The interchange will stimulate the growth of the new industrial park near the airport and complement the economic development plans of Vienna, Fowler and Howland townships and Trumbull County."

    Since the 1980s, expansion at the airport has been a top priority of the community. In 1998, more than $40 million in federal, state and local funds was secured to lengthen and improve runways, perform terminal upgrades and construct hangar facilities for air cargo traffic. With the completion of the interchange, cargo traffic is expected to grow as air to ground opportunities increase.

    "Fifty-five percent of all U.S. manufacturing plants and food product companies are located within 500 miles of northeast Ohio," Proctor said. "There is also unparalleled access to a multi-modal transportation network of regional and international airports, global air cargo, shipping ports, railroads and interstate trucking that link to all parts of our nation and the world."

    The interchange will provide improved access to the airport and its AeroPark Industrial Park, by enabling trucks to exit directly from State Route 11. The improved access will help attract distribution companies and other businesses that need efficient ground transportation, as well as those who want to locate in the parks Foreign Trade Zone.

    In December, ODOT will begin construction of the interchange at the existing King-Graves Road overpass of SR 11. The project is expected to be complete in July 2002.