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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
October 25, 2004

I-70 and I-75 Interchange Dedicated as Freedom Veterans Crossroads

Dayton Federal Highway Administrator Mary Peters today dedicated the Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 interchange as the Freedom Veterans Crossroads. Administrator Peters was joined by Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor, Brigadier General Richard Green Ohio Assistant Adjutant General for Air and ODOT District 7 Deputy Director Bill Harrison.

The dedication of the interchange as the Freedom Veterans Crossroads will serve as an enduring symbol honoring our soldiers that have fought and given their lives so we can remain free and protected from terrorism, said Proctor.

The idea for the designation of the interchange was initiated by Ohios regional FHWA office as a way to pay tribute to veterans that have served the country in post Sept. 11, 2001 conflicts - Enduring and Iraqi Freedom). It will also serve as a memorial to soldiers that lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.

Ohios FHWA office has a special interest in this dedication as one of their former employees, Charles Wilkins III of the 216th Engineering Battalion of the Ohio National Guard, was killed in Iraq in August.

The $145 million interstate reconstruction project is expected to be completed in 2007. The I-70 and I-75 interchange will be transformed into one of the most modern, efficient and safest interstate crossroads in the country. Using longer exit ramps, known as loop ramps, instead of the traditional cloverleaf design, the new interchange will prevent traffic weaving and allow vehicles to maintain higher speeds as they exit. The result will be a safer interchange capable of handling increased traffic volumes more efficiently and safely.

The interchange will also include impressions of the Wright Brothers first flight and images of Apollo 9, the Lunar Module, the earth and moon and the American flag in retaining walls adjacent to the interstate routes.