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Road projects designed to improve I-475 traffic flow

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It could be a headache, but the Ohio Department of Transportation is hoping work on the Corey Road exit will ease the pain, come holiday shopping season.

The Corey Road exit project is expected to help improve traffic flow, as motorists traveling eastbound on Interstate 475 usually use the exit to get to Westfield Franklin Park Mall. Traffic at the exit backs up onto I-475 frequently, but especially through peek times, such as the holiday shopping season.

ODOT says this is a safety project that will help eliminate backup onto the interstate.

"Our goal with this project is to move that traffic off of the ramps, to get them off the interstate, as well, and kind of push them through the area so that they can have better access not only to the areas for shopping or getting around town, but especially to get them off the interstate when that traffic does back up," explained Theresa Pollick with ODOT.

Two turn lanes will be created at the top of the Corey Road exit and a traffic signal will also be added.

Whiteford Greenhouse is located on Whiteford Road between Monroe Street and Sylvania Avenue. New additions to the exit could make getting in and out of the business challenging, but they also see the benefits.

"It will be nice to have a light at the expressway, because that's usually a huge traffic jam of people trying to get off the expressway," said Mike Abernathy, general manager of Whiteford Greenhouse.

Work is also being done on the Talmadge Road exit. The project will cost around $1.4 million and should be completed by the end of November.

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