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Interstate 70 near Springfield may be getting another lane in 2014.

Gov. John Kasich on Monday recommended several major construction projects around the state including a $19 million plan to reconstruct and add a third lane on I-70 between Enon and U.S. 68.

The project would begin in 2014 and is expected to take about two years, said Ohio Department of Transportation spokeswoman Mandi Dillon.

There is no current timetable to widen what would be the remaining two-lane stretch of I-70 in Clark County between U.S. 68 and Ohio 72.

According to the ODOT, Kasich’s plan will allow the state to eliminate decades long delays on some 41 new construction projects. The I-70 project originally wasn’t going to happen until 2027.

Kasich’s recommendations await a Thursday vote by the Transportation Review Advisory Council.

Here is how ODOT in a press release described all the projects in the plan:

SOUTHWEST OHIO

1. Clark County I-70 – Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane along I-70 near Springfield. Total project cost is $19,100,000. Construction start date with Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

2. Hamilton County I-75 – Add an additional thru lane along I-75 at Glendale/Milford & Shepherd. Total project cost is $117,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016, which keeps the project on schedule.

3. Hamilton County MLK Boulevard– Construction of a new interchange along I-71 at MLK Boulevard. Total project cost is $107,740,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

4. Hamilton I-75 (Mill Creek Expressway) – Reconstruct and widen I-75 from Hopple St. to Mitchell (Phase 5). Total project cost is $205,200,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until 2021.

5. Hamilton I-75 (Mill Creek Expressway) – Add a fourth lane to Mitchell both northbound and southbound (Phase 7.) Total project cost is $41,100,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2018 and without this plan would not have started until 2021.

NORTHEAST OHIO

1. Cuyahoga County Innerbelt Bridge – Demolition of existing Innerbelt Bridge and construction of eastbound bridge. Total project cost is $340,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2016. Time saved is two years.

2. Cuyahoga County Cleveland Innerbelt – As part of the reconstruction of the Cleveland Innerbelt, remove Ohio 14 (Broadway) over I-77. Total project cost is $42,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

3. Cuyahoga County I-77 – Reconstruct, widen and add a lane along I-77. Total project cost is $47,500,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

4. Cuyahoga County I-271. Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane on I-271 from I-480 East to I-480 West. Total project cost is $131,000,000. Construction start date with Turnpike funds is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

5. Cuyahoga Opportunity Corridor – Construct a new road that provides access from University Circle to I-490 and I-77 in two phases. Total project cost is $334,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

6. Cuyahoga County U.S. Route 42 - Widen and reconstruct U.S. Route 42 (Pearl Rd.) from Boston Rd. to Drake Road. Total project cost is $9,300,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2015.

7. Lorain County U.S. Route 20/SR 113 – Widen Center Ridge Road from three to five lanes in North Ridgeville. Total project cost is $48,718,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

8. Medina County U.S. Route 42 – Widen U.S. Route 42 to five lanes. Total project cost is $47,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016, which keeps the project on schedule.

9. Lorain County State Route 57 – Upgrade the existing I-90/Ohio 57 interchange and improve access to the 49th Street bridge in the city of Elyria. Total project cost is $28,800,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

10. Mahoning/Trumbull counties I-80 – Widen I-80 to six lanes from I-680 to Ohio 193. The total project cost is $116,700,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

11. Stark County-Stark Mahoning Transit –Utility relocation to accommodate upgrades to the transit facility and route. Total project cost is $6,300,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule.

12. Stark County-Stark Mahoning Transit – To improve transit facilities and route access. Total project cost is $18,600,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until 2024.

13. Summit County Main/Broadway Interchange - Reconstruct I-76 and 77 to improve safety and reduce congestion on the Main/Broadway interchange. Total project cost - $96,400,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2016 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

14. Summit County I-271 – Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane on I-271. Total project cost is $62,500,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

NORTHWEST OHIO

1. Erie County U.S. Route 250 – Widen and improve U.S. Route 250 from U.S. 6 to Bogart Road. Total project cost is $31,700,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

2. Hancock County I-75 – Reconstruct U.S. 224 bridge and interchange with I-75. Total project cost is $12,500,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

3. Lucas County McCord Grade Separation – Rail grade separation at McCord Road (CR 73) to improve safety. Total Project Cost is $29,300,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2015.

4. Lucas County Interstate 75 – Reconstruct, widen and add a third lane along I-75 from Phillips Road to I-280. Total project cost is $51,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027. Time saved is 12 + years.

5. Lucas County Interstate 75 – Reconstruct interchange at I-75 and I-475 to improve safety and reduce congestion. Total project cost is $175,900,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

6. Lucas County Interstate 475/U.S. Route 20 – Reconstruct interchange at I-475 and U.S. Route 20 to improve safety. Total project cost is $59,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

7. Wood County I-75—Four phases of reconstruction, widening and addition of a third lane along I-75. Total Project Cost is $195,600,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

CENTRAL/SOUTHEAST OHIO

1. Franklin County North High St. (U.S. 23) – Add an express lane on U.S. 23 from Flint to Lazelle Rd. Total project cost is $7,800,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule.

2. Franklin County U.S. Route 23/I-270/SR 315 Interchange – Reconstruct I-270/Ohio 315, U.S. 23 interchange. Total project cost is $94,800,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule.

3. Franklin County U.S. Route 23/I-270/Ohio 315– Construction of a noise wall at I-270/Linworth Rd. Total project cost is $1,200,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2015. Time saved is one year.

4. I-70/71 Reconstruction

a. Franklin County I-70/I-71 Interchange – Reconstruction and widening of SR315/I-70/I-71 as part of the I-70/71 project to improve safety and reduce congestion in downtown Columbus. Total project cost is $86,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until 2023.

b. Franklin County I-70/71 – Phase 2 (East Interchange) as part of the reconstruction and widening of I-70 and I-71 near Children’s Hospital. Total project cost is $235,600,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2017 and without this plan would not have started until 2019.

c. Franklin County I-70 – Construct a new storm sewer along I-70. Total project cost is $4,000,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014 and without this plan would not have started until 2019.

5. Fairfield County U.S. Route 33 – Add a new interchange on U.S. 33 in Carroll at Winchester Road. Total project cost is $48,700,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

6. Franklin County I-270/U.S. 33 – Phase 1 of the reconstruction of the I-270 and U.S. 33 interchange to increase safety and ease congestion. Total project cost is $93,800,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2015 and without this plan would not have started until after 2027.

7. Scioto County Portsmouth Bypass – Construction of a new bypass around the city of Portsmouth. Total project cost is $440,500,000. Construction date under Jobs and Transportation Plan is 2014, which keeps the project on schedule.


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