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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

November 15, 2005

ODOT, Local Cities Celebrate Cedar Road Bridge Completion

(GARFIELD HEIGHTS NOVEMBER 15) Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor along with the cities of Beachwood, Lyndhurst and Pepper Pike today commemorated the completion of work on the Cedar Road bridge over Interstate 271.

 The $6.3 million, 18-month project widened the bridge from five lanes to six, adjusted the entrance and exit ramps at both Brainard and Cedar roads and implemented a new signal system for the area. Combined with Cuyahoga Countys upcoming Cedar Road widening project from Brainard Road to Lander Road, this bridge widening will reduce congestion on Cedar Road as well on the interstate, increasing safety and providing the area with a more efficient transportation system.

 The bridge opened to six lanes of traffic in the middle of October and work has continued during off-peak travel times to complete the project. Crews continue to finalize the details of the project but all major impacts to traffic are complete.

ODOT coordinated the project with surrounding cities and the business community to keep the construction impact to a minimum. All major traffic changes and closures were planned around peak shopping seasons and daily hours.

Working with local communities and businesses is imperative to a successful project, said Proctor. We recognize that we have entered into an era of record-level construction programs as we are rebuilding our states highway system through Governor Bob Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan. We need to be able to complete projects, and bridges in particular, with less impact to the traveling public.

Northeast Ohio will see more projects like this one because of the governors $5 billion Jobs and Progress Plan. The plan will rebuild Ohios highway network, address high-crash and congested locations and complete Ohios rural macro-corridors. Over the next 10 years, northeast Ohio will see a historic investment of $1.2 billion dollars in major new construction and almost $3 billion of safety projects.