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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
October 24,  2001

 

TAFT ATTENDS OPENING OF KING GRAVES INTERCHANGE
$6 Million Project Part of Regional Airport Redevelopment

VIENNA (October 24, 2001) Governor Bob Taft today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the King Graves Road interchange in Vienna. The $6 million project, completed almost a year ahead of schedule, is one of the final phases of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport's redevelopment plan.

Joining Taft were Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor, representatives of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce, and elected officials.

"The new interchange is vital to the future economic development of Trumbull County and the Mahoning Valley," Taft said. "It will provide easy access to the airport and highway, help bring more companies and jobs to the region, and improve the transportation network for businesses already located in the area."

For the past two decades, 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.

The project creates a full interchange between State Route 11 and King Graves Road, allowing traffic to exit directly from State Route 11, a limited access highway situated just west of the airport. With access to Interstate 90 to the north, Interstate 80 to the south and the close proximity to the airport, opportunity exists for additional commercial, manufacturing, and distribution centers to locate in the region.

"The completion of the interchange will provide local officials an additional tool to accelerate economic development in the region," Proctor said. "I am proud of the partnership established between ODOT and the local community and the efficient manner in which this project was carried out."

The project was originally expected to be completed in July 2002.

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