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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
February 23, 2004

COLUMBUS - Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor today announced the department has launched a new Web site to keep the public informed about improvements to U.S. Route 30 across northern Ohio.

Information about upgrading U.S. 30 from a two-lane to a four-lane divided highway from Hancock County in northwest Ohio to State Route 11 east of Lisbon in northeast Ohio is now available at www.us30.org

"Upgrading U.S. 30 across the state is a prime example of how Gov. Tafts transportation plan focuses on improving safety and mobility along our rural macro-corridors," said Proctor. "To ensure we can continue to take advantage of our competitive location among the manufacturing heartland, its important we upgrade these routes."

The improvement of U.S. 30 was identified as a key priority in Gov. Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan unveiled in August. The governors plan devotes $5 billion over the next 10 years to improve Ohios urban highway network, complete the states rural corridors, and address high-crash and congested locations.

"The new Web site will provide a single information point concerning all the major upgrade projects along this macro-corridor as they progress," said Proctor.

The new U.S. 30 site features links to information provided by four ODOT districts responsible for the corridor in different regions of the state. The site focuses on those major projects under development or under construction which will relocate and upgrade the route from a two-lane to a four-lane highway:

  • Between State Route 235 in Hancock County and Bucyrus in Crawford County in northwest Ohio;
  • in Crawford and Richland counties in north central Ohio;
  • in Stark, Carroll and Columbiana counties east of Canton; and
  • in Wayne County through the city of Wooster.

Information concerning general maintenance activities on existing U.S. 30 may be still be accessed at www.buckeyetraffic.org

In December, the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC), an independent nine-member body charged with determining which major highway projects will receive construction funding, placed several U.S. 30 projects on its draft list.

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