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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

December 16, 2005

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The $45 million project relocated an outdated, congested, eight-mile stretch of U.S. 30 from Wooster to SR 57.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 opportunities. 

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 www.us30.org.