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ODOT moves up construction of McCord Road underpass

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A plan of the McCord Road underpass, which is slated to start construction in 2014. A plan of the McCord Road underpass, which is slated to start construction in 2014.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo news Now) - The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that funding for construction of the McCord Road underpass has been moved forward from the previous 2023 construction date to 2014. 

Through exploring all possible funding options, ODOT determined that the remaining financing for the high priority project could be secured for construction. The project approval was made final Thursday at the working session of the Transportation Advisory Review Council held in Columbus. 

"Today TRAC recognized the efforts of all involved in this project," said District Two Deputy Director Todd Audet. "The project is priority number one in northwest Ohio, so much so, after support by all involved, it's moving forward."

Various state and federal agencies, including the Lucas County engineer's office, the village of Holland, the Springfield Township trustees, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, the Federal Highway Administration, TRAC and ODOT have partnered to advance the funding of the project. 

"It's a great day for all who've fought so hard to accelerate the schedule. We appreciate the support of the local community in getting this major safety improvement closer to construction," said Lucas County Engineer Keith Early.  

"TMACOG has long partnered with area stakeholders to help move this project forward. Today's announcement demonstrates how regional collaboration can benefit the people in the communities we serve," said Warren Henry, vice president of TMACOG's transportation.  

On average, 75 trains cross McCord Road daily. The project was part of ODOT's Railroad Grade Separation program, intended to reduce congestion caused by train traffic and improve safety. 

McCord Road underpass timeline:

  • Right of Way Acquisition - Now through summer 2013
  • Final Plans Submitted to ODOT – February 2013
  • Estimated Construction Start – summer 2014
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $17 million

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