highway construction

a photo of a highway under construction
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A new report found it will cost nearly $4 billion over the next 25 years to keep up with the maintenance on the highways in and around Akron. The budget was announced in the latest Highway Preservation Needs Report from the Akron Metropolitan Transportation Study. The study’s director, Curtis Baker, said the funding could be hard to come by.

trucks use left lane sign
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It’s orange barrel season and one of our listeners asked our OH Really team an interesting question about sharing the road in construction zones.

We helped him find the answer.

On route 8 in northern Summit County, traffic has been reduced to two lanes in each direction and concrete barriers are set up as crews resurface a six mile section of the road. There are signs throughout the construction zone that illustrate listener Seth Marks’ concern.  

Near the intersection U.S. 30 with Ohio 9 in Columbiana County
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U.S. Route 30 has been gradually rebuilt over decades into a third east-west, four-lane highway across most of Ohio -- except for a 35-mile stretch on the eastern end.  State and federal funding for that ran out years ago.

Since then, local officials in area have had no luck getting Washington or Columbus to come up with even seed money for a project restart. But, they keep trying.  And they continue tweaking plans for the construction if it ever happens.