News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Greater Akron Chamber

The Holden Arboretum

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Economy and Business


Canton highways back on ODOT's list of economically vital roadways
City business leaders lobbied to get I-77 south of Canton, and Rt. 30 east of Canton, back into the "Access 2040" plan, saying traffic from oil and gas exploration will increase in the future
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA


Reporter
Kabir Bhatia
 
In The Region:
Two Northeast Ohio highways are being upgraded in the Ohio Department of Transportation's 2040 plan, with an eye toward increased traffic related to oil and gas drilling. WKSU's Kabir Bhatia reports.
Canton highways back on ODOT's list of economically vital roadways

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:14)


After a fierce lobbying campaign by Stark County’s business community and Gov. John Kasich, ODOT has added I-77 south of Canton to its list of national highway corridors. And Route 30 east of Canton has been upgraded to statewide status. 

All of which means the roads are still part of the state’s “Strategic Transportation System,” and more likely to get funds for additional lanes and other upgrades. And that means I-77 and Route 30 are recognized as still vital to Ohio’s economy. Dave Kaminski directs energy policy for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“We believe that 30 going east is only going to get busier as the oil and gas fields develop. But furthermore, we’re asking people to think about the potential in economic and business growth if we had a much more efficient, direct route to the Pittsburgh market from Canton.”

The first step in that plan is an $80 million re-routing of 30 from Canton to Rt. 44 near East Canton. In January, ODOT said it is seeking $10 million to finish engineering work on that project. By mid-April, the Stark County coalition hopes to present a funding plan to the state to extend the highway out even further, to Route 11 near Ohio’s eastern border.
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

Cleveland Indians to continue with 'dynamic pricing'
pricing is too high for a family as well as people like me who are on a fixed income. Bleacher seats are cheaper but concessions are rediculous.

Kasich talks about faith, drugs and education -- but never FitzGerald
The idea that you can learn more by talking to a 90 year old person than from a history book is just another example of how the GOP hates education and knowledg...

Third-grade charter school students fail state testing
A partisan anti-charter group came out with analysis that ODE says is based on incorrect data. So why is this a story? It doesn't seem to rise to WKSU's typic...

Still no money for Fair Finance victims
The only persons benefiting from this bankruptcy is quite obvious - the attorneys.. I would let the Durham and other thieves out of prison in a job with all th...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University