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Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor is on track with new funding
Residents in the project's path can comment at hearing next month
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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The Opportunity Corridor will connect University Circle with Interstates 490 and 77.
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Residents living in the path of the planned Opportunity Corridor will have chance next month to comment on the project. The roadway will start at Interstates 490 and 77 and run northeast to the growing University Circle area.

The project was conceived nine years ago and got a boost this week when it received funding from Ohio’s new Turnpike-based financing program.

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The $330 million project will wind through residential and commercial neighborhoods on Cleveland’s east side, and provide easier access to University Circle’s hospitals and museums. Many homes and businesses in its path will have to be demolished.

Ohio Department of Transportation spokesperson Amanda Lee says phase one construction should begin in about a year. 

“We’re kind of working along the existing alignment of 105th Street between the Chester area and Quincy. So we’re just going to be doing some widening in that area. The section between Quincy and East  55th Street, which is Phase 2, is where we’re going to be building a complete new road. So we will need to relocate some businesses and residences in that area.”

Lee says the final phase of the project should be completed in 2017.  ODOT will hold a public hearing on the Opportunity Corridor in early October, but the exact date has not been announced.                                                         

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