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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
May 13, 2005

 

TAFT BREAKS GROUND ON NEW SECTION OF U.S. 30
$98.8 Million Project Completes Route In Northwest Ohio

ADA (May 13, 2005) Governor Bob Taft today broke ground on a new section of U.S. Route 30 that will run between State Route 235 in Hancock County and the Upper Sandusky bypass in Wyandot County. The new section will complete the upgrade of U.S. 30 to a four-lane route in northwest Ohio.

Taft was joined by Congressman Michael G. Oxley, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor and ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Norman R. Redick.

This stretch of highway is the last link to completing U.S. 30 in northwest Ohio, said Taft. The upgrade will address safety and congestion issues and open this area to economic advancement by providing a safer, more efficient means of travel for motorists and freight shipments.

The existing two-lane section of U.S. 30 is outdated and overburdened with traffic. Truck traffic alone has grown by 63 percent over the last 10 years and makes up more than half of the traffic along this section of U.S. 30. The new four-lane section will be wider and safer with medians, wider shoulders and ramps to control access and manage ever-growing traffic volumes.

The U.S. 30 upgrade is indicative of projects supported by Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan. The Jobs and Progress Plan, unveiled in 2003, is a $5 billion, 10-year plan to rebuild Ohios urban interstate networks, address high-crash locations and complete the states rural macro-corridors, like U.S. 30. This is the first Jobs and Progress project to break ground in northwest Ohio.

The completion of U.S. 30 through northwest Ohio marks the end of a 40-year plan to expand the route, Proctor said. It is a significant step toward rebuilding Ohios stressed transportation network, and reinforces the governors commitment to improve the states business climate by opening new economic development opportunities.

The 26-mile, limited-access, four-lane highway will be constructed on a new alignment one-half mile south of the existing route. It includes interchanges at SR 235, U.S. Route 68 and State Route 37 in Hancock County, and at County Road 330 in Wyandot County.

When this section of U.S. 30 is completed in 2007 and a section of U.S. 30 in Crawford and Wayne counties is completed later this year, motorists will be able to travel a four-lane U.S. 30 from the Indiana state line to Canton. Projects to upgrade the remaining sections of U.S. 30 in Stark, Carroll and Columbiana counties are in the planning phases. Information about these projects is available at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/us30/.