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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
March 7,  2002

 

TAFT COMMEMORATES START OF I-70/75 INTERCHANGE PROJECT

First Phase of $145 Million Reconstruction Project to Begin in Dayton

 

DAYTON (March 7, 2002) Governor Bob Taft and Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor today joined local business and community leaders, and elected officials from the Dayton area to celebrate the beginning of a $145 million project to reconstruct the Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 interchange.

"We are making a long-term investment in the I-70 and I-75 corridor," Taft said. "Both interstates are major truck routes and provide an international link to manufacturing and business throughout this region and across the state."

By 2007, the interchange at I-70 and I-75 will be transformed into one of the safest, most modern and efficient interstate crossroads in the country. Along with this reconstruction project, a new interchange is being built 1.5 miles south on I-75. The existing ramps at Little York Rd. interchange will be removed to improve safety and reduce congestion through this area known as "auto alley."

When the interchange opened nearly four decades ago, approximately 26,000 vehicles used it daily. Today, more than 153,000 vehicles use it each day. That number is projected to increase 65 percent by the year 2020.

"This project will help to improve mobility through the Dayton area, and will help to increase safety," Proctor said. "It is part of the Governors focus on the states infrastructure to keep Ohio economically competitive in the global market."

The first phase of the project includes the construction of a new interchange just south of the Little York Road interchange. This new linkage will connect Benchwood Road on the west side and Wyse Road on the east side of I-75. Construction on the first phase will be completed by fall 2003 at an estimated cost of $22 million.

Reconstruction of the I-70/75 interchange proper begins the second and third phases with completion anticipated in 2007. Construction contracts for the second and third phases are expected to be awarded in 2003 and 2004.

The theme of this project, "Where Great Ideas Take Flight," was chosen by local community leaders to represent the innovative history of the area. These interchanges will incorporate design elements that are unique to Dayton, including the prominent placement of the Wright "B" Flyer image and other indications that Dayton is the birthplace of aviation.

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