On top of $195 million to widen I-75 in Wood County,
Governor Kasich's transportation plan has more than $200 million on the fast
track for additional improvements on I-75 in Toledo.
There would be $175.9 million earmarked for additional
upgrades at the 75/475 interchange, adding a lane for southbound 75 traffic
heading west on 475, and for eastbound 475 traffic heading north on 75. That
project would begin in 2015, as opposed to 2027 or later.
That work would also involve improvements to the Jeep
Parkway ramps, which would help the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority with its
development efforts at the Overland Industrial Park.
"The fewer things that are open out there, loose ends,
that causes some issues for development, but the more concrete things you have
and access is one of them, it's easier to develop," says Matt Sapara, of the
I-75 would also widen, with a third lane being added
between Phillips and I-280. Total cost for that would be $51 million, with
construction starting in 2015 as opposed to 2027 or later.
With the governor's plan being paid for through bonds
issued against future turnpike tolls, Lucas County Commissioner Tina
Skeldon-Wozniak says Northern Ohio cannot afford to get short-changed.
"We want the projects and the dollars to be spent here.
We're keeping an eye on it because we really don't know the future plans but we
recognize this as a great first step."
The governor's recommendations will be voted on by the
state's Transportation Review Advisory Committee on Thursday.
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