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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
May 18, 2001

 

GOVERNOR TO BREAK GROUND ON TOLEDO BRIDGE

$227 Million Maumee River Crossing ODOTs Largest-Ever Project

TOLEDO (May 18, 2001) Governor Bob Taft today joined the citizens of Toledo, and federal, state and local officials, in a ground-breaking on the first of seven projects, which comprise the $227 million Interstate 280 Maumee River Crossing.

Joining Taft at the event were Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Toledo) and Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner. Taft recognized Congresswoman Kaptur for her efforts to secure critical funding for the project. He also recognized numerous Toledo-area citizens who provided public input to the process through the Maumee River Crossing Task Force. Preliminary work on the project began last month, with the widening of the approaches to the bridge. The bridge is set for construction in 2002.

"The Maumee River Crossing project will provide a vital link from the Port of Toledo to all points beyond," said Taft. "By eliminating the bottleneck caused by the Craig Memorial Lift Bridge, the new river crossing will expedite traffic into and through Toledo, further strengthening the citys economy."

The $227 million, seven-phase construction is the largest transportation investment in ODOT history. The $160 million bridge is the largest single project the department has undertaken. The Maumee River Crossing will replace the existing four-lane I-280 roadway and aging Craig Memorial Bridge with a modern six-lane interstate between I-75 and State Route 2, adding a new high-level, cable-stayed signature bridge. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2005.

"The replacement of the aging Craig Memorial Bridge and the inadequate I-280 roadway through Toledo was identified as the number one transportation priority in northwest Ohio," ODOT Director Proctor said. "I-280 and the Craig Bridge were designed and built prior to modern interstate design standards, and both are an impediment to the movement of goods and motorists through Ohio."

The bridge type a cable-stayed, single pylon, segmental concrete box beam bridge was chosen by the community through a series of public meetings.

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