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ODOT prepares for $2 billion worth of spring construction
Plans include six paving and upgrade "mega projects" in Northeast Ohio
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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Karen Kasler
 
Spring is here – which means ODOT’s construction season has officially begun. ODOT director Jerry Wray says it’ll be busy.
Wray on 2013 projects in Ohio

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"We are going to have in 2013 a project that involves about a thousand projects statewide," Wray says. "That is going to involve in the neighborhood of $2 billion. Two billion dollars into the infrastructure of the state of Ohio. That means improved safety and reduced congestion, and that means jobs and commerce."

The biggest project is the $330 million dollar demolition and construction of the eastbound Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland, as construction continues on the westbound side. That’s one of six new so-called mega projects costing more than $50 million, which include pavement replacement on I-271 in Summit County, a three-year long reconfiguration of the I-270 and US 23 interchange on Columbus’ north side, the widening of I-71 to three lanes between Columbus and Cleveland and the addition of three interchanges on I-75 in Allen County. Work will continue on the I-670/71 project near downtown Columbus.

Long term projects that will finish this year are the 75/475 interchange upgrade in Lucas County, the modernization of State Route 2 and reconstruction of I-90 in Ashtabula County, the widening of I-71 in Morrow County and the Nelsonville Bypass on Route 33 in southeast Ohio.
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