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The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
May 17,  2001



$158 Million Project Will Reduce Growing Congestion on U.S. 33

JACKSONTOWN (May 17, 2001) Governor Bob Taft today announced that preliminary work has begun on the first of four projects, which comprise the $158 million U.S. Route 33 Lancaster bypass project.

Lt. Gov. Maureen OConnor and Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor joined the citizens of Lancaster today in a ground breaking and ceremony. Work has begun on the first phase of the Lancaster bypass between Winchester Road and State Route 188. The project will create a major thoroughfare bypassing Lancaster to the southwest. At-grade intersections between Winchester and Horns Mill roads will be eliminated with overpasses or with interchanges that will be constructed at S.R. 188, U.S. 22, and Tarkiln Road.

"The Lancaster bypass project is one of three new major construction projects that will be under way on U.S. 33 across southeastern Ohio this year," Taft said. "The completion of this macro-corridor is vital to the states economy as it will improve travel through Fairfield county and throughout southeastern Ohio."

Lt. Gov. OConnor commended U.S. Rep David Hobson as well as many local officials and citizens for their strong support of this project. "The Lancaster bypass project was identified as one of the top transportation priorities in southeast Ohio," OConnor said.

ODOT Director Proctor also stressed the importance of the project. "Increasing traffic volumes and economic development along the U.S. 33 corridor have created the need for this project," Proctor said. "The Lancaster bypass will greatly improve mobility and safety for motorists traveling this corridor through Fairfield County."

Traffic volumes have increased 70 percent over the past 10 years on this section of the route. Phase one of the U.S. 33 Lancaster bypass project will have a three-year construction period. The four-phase project is scheduled for completion in 2005.


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