ODOT announces 16 new highway projects, 0 transit projects

$66.5 million freeway widening project, widening I-270 to four-lanes all the way from 33 to 70, through Hilliard (Columbus).

$1 million interchange project$1 million interchange project on I-71 in Strongsville (Cleveland).

$281 million bridge project on I-480 in Independence (Cleveland), two years ahead of schedule! They will create a new “temporary” span, for the duration of construction, which will almost assuredly become permanent additional capacity.

$97.6 million project on I-76 in Norton (Akron), widening to three-lanes all the way through Summit and Medina counties.

$120 million, four-year project widening I-271 in Summit County (Cleveland/Akron) to four and three lanes.

$10 million project widening Ohio Route 18 in Copley and Bath townships (Akron)

$38.8 million project widening I-77 between Brecksville and the Summit/Cuyahoga line (Cleveland/Akron). The extremely high-income community of Brecksville has asked to increase scope to include a new interchange.

$42 million project to widen/improve US Route 42 in extremely high-income Medina County (Akron).

$91 million project to widen I-80 and 422 in Girard (Youngstown).

$43.4 million project for a snazzy freeway interchange at Route 33 / Post Road with exit roundabouts in extremely high-income Dublin (Columbus).

$125 million interchange project at I-71 and Route 36/37 in extremely high-income Delaware County (Columbus).

$80 million project for new I-71 interchange at MLK near University of Cincinnati, and widening MLK to four lanes (City Council has objected)

$3 billion project to rebuild I-75 through Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo, including a new Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. Could run $200 million over budget.

$78 million project to widen I-71 in Warren County up to King’s Island (Cincinnati).

Possible/likely $1.4 billion project to extend I-74 eastward through and past Cincinnati.

$22 million for a SPUI at I-71 and Route 665 in Grove City (Columbus).

Just a few new projects this year, off the top of my head. Looks like more of the usual under “Fix-it-First,” ODOT’s exciting new re-committment to maintain its existing roads instead of road projects just to fuel sprawl and help special interests.

This year they have announced $2.4 billion of new projects, including all of the above except for the I-75 rebuild (which I only included bc of new reports it may go over). This does not include any of the highway projects ODOT has previously attacked Cleveland with, including the Innerbelt rebuild, Shoreway redesign, etc etc.

In 2016 to date, they have not announced any upcoming transit projects. ODOT has not contributed investment toward any public transit in the state since 2010, when newly-elected Governor Kasich pulled state funding from the Cincinnati streetcar, which opened last month:

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One thought on “ODOT announces 16 new highway projects, 0 transit projects

  1. I wish city focused Democrats and fiscally responsible Republicans would come together against spending potentially $5.5 billion on expanding a road system for a state that has some of the worst population growth in the nation.

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