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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
May 3, 2006

 

TAFT BREAKS GROUND ON NEW SECTION OF U.S. 24
$36.7 million project begins Fort to Port projects in Northwest Ohio

DEFIANCE (May 3, 2006) Governor Bob Taft today broke ground on a new section of U.S. Route 24 from State Route 424 in Defiance County to just east of State Route 15 west of Defiance. The new 2.2-mile section is the first of the Fort to Port projects, which will upgrade U.S. 24 to a four-lane highway from Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Toledo.

With our location at the crossroads of America, our large manufacturing sector and the 7 th largest highway network in the nation, the trucking industry is vital to Ohios economic stability. U.S. 24 is a key transportation artery for job creation and economic prosperity in Ohio, said Taft. Our Jobs and Progress Plan is stimulating Ohios economy and creating new jobs by providing every region of the state with a safe, efficient and modern transportation corridor for the 21 st Century.

Taft was joined at the groundbreaking ceremony by Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor and ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Norman R. Redick.

The U.S. 24 upgrade is a key part of 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. 24.

Once completed, Ohios macro-corridor network will place more than 90 percent of Ohios population within 10 miles of an adequate highway corridor, providing every region of the state with a modern transportation corridor. With plans to upgrade U.S. Routes 30, 33, 35 and State Route 161 well underway, U.S. 24 is one of the last links to completing Ohios macro-corridor system.

The expansion of U.S. 24 through Northwest Ohio marks the fulfillment of Governor Tafts commitment to increasing the quality of life for Ohioans by providing an easily accessible, safe and efficient transportation system, Proctor said.

The completion of this upgrade to U.S. 24 will create a safer, more efficient route through Northwest Ohio. The project will expand the route to a four-lane highway and replace the existing bridges over the Maumee and Tiffin Rivers. The current stretch of U.S. 24 currently carries more traffic than it was designed to handle, including more than 30 percent truck traffic. The mix of commercial and passenger traffic on this rural two-lane route have contributed to a high rate of accidents.

Construction on this section of U.S. 24 will be completed in 2008. The remaining sections of U.S. 24 from the Indiana state line to Toledo continue to move forward in various stages of development.