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The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
October 17, 2002


Taft Opens Third Lane On Interstate 90
$22 Million Widening Project to Increase Safety and Mobility in Northeast Ohio

WESTLAKE (October 17, 2002) Governor Bob Taft today marked the completion of a widening project on Interstate 90 by opening a new third lane between downtown Cleveland and State Route 611 in Lorain County. Taft was joined by ODOT Director Gordon Proctor, and ODOT District Directors David Coyle and Tom OLeary.

"This project is a significant investment in the areas transportation system and demonstrates Ohios commitment to improving our highway network," said Taft. "Northern Ohio plays a vital role in keeping Ohio economically competitive in the global marketplace. Interstate 90 is a major truck route and provides a national link to manufacturing and business in this region."

The $22.6 million project was completed on time, on budget, and with two lanes of traffic maintained during peak travel times. The east-west corridor serves downtown Cleveland and northeastern Ohio.

In total, more than nine miles of new seven-year warranty asphalt was added to the corridor. An additional 18 miles of asphalt was replaced on the existing lanes and five bridges were re-built as part of the project.

When the route was originally constructed in the late 1976 it was designed to handle 49,000 vehicles daily. There are currently between 60,000 and 80,000 vehicles a day using this section of I-90. During the next two decades, traffic volumes along in this area are expected to increase by 20 percent.

"This project is a prime example of our comprehensive strategy to improve Ohios highway network," said Proctor. "It is an important step in the Governors approach to improving mobility, safety and standard of living in Ohio."