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ODOT looking into extending U.S. 30
Highway could ease travel to West Virginia and Pennsylvania

Grant Engle
In The Region:

Ohio truck drivers may have a quicker way to get from east of Canton to West Virginia and Pennsylvania, but that will depend on a study commissioned by the Department of Transportation.

The plan would create a toll road and replace the winding two-lane section of state Route 30 with a four-lane divided highway to East Liverpool.

Pam Sparks is a dispatcher for the D.L. Belknap trucking company outside of Canton. She says the extension would likely save truckers money in fuel costs – even with new tolls.

She also points out the new toll road would help truckers avoid neighborhoods and dangerous stretches of the current route.

Pam Sparks talks about safety on the two-lane stretch of U.S. 30

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“It’s very curvy, and there are a lot of deer in that area. We have a lot of accidents out there on that road because of deer. So, it would make a big difference if it would stay four lanes.”

ODOT expects to have the results from the study in a few weeks.

The news of the study comes on the heels of Gov. John Kasich’s plan to generate $1.5 billion for transportation projects through Ohio Turnpike revenue.  

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