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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
December 2, 2004

 

TAFT OPENS NEW U.S. ROUTE 35 IN ROSS COUNTY
$45 million project completes southern Ohio corridor from Dayton to Gallipolis

CHILLICOTHE (December 2, 2004) Governor Bob Taft today celebrated the completion of the final project to widen U.S. Route 35 in southern Ohio with ODOT representatives, area elected officials and Ross County residents.

 The completion of the Route 35 project will not only benefit the people and economy of Ross County, but it will provide a safe, fast, efficient transportation system throughout southern Ohio that will advance economic development and bring new investment and jobs to the region, said Taft.  The new Route 35 opens the gateway to Southeast and Appalachian Ohio and is part of our focus to improve the states highway network and keep Ohio competitive in the 21st century.

The $45 million construction project in Ross County replaced the existing 9.5-mile, two-lane section of U.S. Route 35 between Chillicothe and Richmond Dale with a divided, limited access four-lane highway. This final phase of construction completed the entire 164-mile corridor making the route a four-lane highway from Dayton to Gallipolis.

 This U.S. 35 improvement is a key project for improving traffic flow, safety and accessibility through the region, said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. This has been the areas biggest highway project to date, and represents Governor Tafts continuous focus to improve the states highway network throughout Ohio.

 In addition to providing a valuable link between Dayton and south-central Ohio, as well as between Indiana and West Virginia, the completed corridor can help to enhance growth and development locally. Also, the new U.S. 35 will provide a safer, more efficient transportation system where more than 12,000 vehicles pass each day.

 The Kokosing Construction Company was awarded a $45 million contract in April 2002 to build the final leg of the corridor that serves as a principle east-west route in southern Ohio.