ODOT Opens New U.S. 30 in Wayne County
(WOOSTER DECEMBER 19) Ohio Department
of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor opened a new stretch
of four-lane U.S. Route 30 today, between Wooster and State Route 57,
following a formal ribbon cutting ceremony in Wooster. This completes
the upgrade of U.S. 30 to a four-lane route in Wayne County.
Proctor was joined by U.S. Congressman Ralph
Regula, State Senator Ron Amstutz, State Representative Jim
Carmichael, Federal Highway Administration Division Administrator
Dennis Decker and ODOT District Three Deputy Director Thomas M.
OLeary to celebrate the projects completion. The project is opening
nearly one year ahead of schedule.
Completing this project brings Ohio one step
closer to upgrading U.S. 30 to a four-lane highway from Indiana to
Pennsylvania, said Proctor. This upgrade also addresses the safety
and congestion issues that made this stretch of U.S. 30 one of the top
non-freeway accident locations in the state.
The $45 million project relocated an outdated,
congested, eight-mile stretch of U.S. 30 from Wooster to SR 57. ODOT
widened the road to four lanes, built new interchanges at Apple Creek
Road and Carr Road and built four new grade separations, resulting in
a safer and less congested highway.
This project, and others like it around the
state, would not be possible without Governor Bob Tafts Jobs and
Progress Plan. Unveiled in 2003, the Jobs and Progress Plan 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.
Completing the upgrade of U.S. 30 in Wayne
County is a significant step toward rebuilding Ohios stressed
transportation network, Proctor said. Moving forward in the process
of rebuilding U.S. 30 reinforces the governors commitment to improve
the states business climate and open new economic development
Through the Jobs and Progress Plan, the 23-county
area that makes up central Ohio and includes Wayne, Ashland and
Richland counties will see a historic investment of almost $1.4
billion over the next 10 years. This investment will build projects
such as the reconstruction of the Interstate 71/U.S. 30 interchange
and complete the widening of I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland. It
is also providing the funding to complete the upgrade of U.S. 30 to
four lanes between the Indiana state line and Canton.
Through the governors plan, ODOT kicked off a
$99 million project from Upper Sandusky to State Route 235 in May
2005. When this project is complete in 2007, motorists will be able to
travel on a four-lane, limited access highway from the Indiana state
line to Canton. Projects to upgrade the route in Stark, Carroll and
Columbiana counties are in the planning process. Information regarding
these projects is available online at