Plans to widen I-75 are approved PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 28 September 2013 08:16
File photo. Traffic along I-75 near Bowling Green. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The $195 million widening of Interstate 75 through Wood County was among the $3 billion in highway projects that received final approval this week.
The state's Transportation Review Advisory Council gave consent for the projects which Gov. John Kasich has said will create 60,000 new jobs over six years.
Expanding the highway to three lanes in each direction will be paid for primarily by borrowing against future tolls to be collected from drivers on the Ohio Turnpike.
Without it, the project may not have begun for another 13 years.
"We have been working hard to move through the process quickly and get projects started. Thanks to the governor's plan we will be able to get more projects moving faster, without a tax increase," Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray stated in a news release.
A total of $494 million will be spent on 10 projects in Northwest Ohio, including work on I-75 from Findlay to Toledo.
Local officials have praised the commitment to developing the region and say widening the highway will make it more attractive to businesses.
Construction is expected to begin in the spring and take three years to complete.

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