Kasich: Cleveland's 'Opportunity Corridor' now on fast track

11:43 PM, Jul 28, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Governor John Kasich announced an expedited construction plan for 41 projects, including a fast-track for Cleveland's much-discussed Opportunity Corridor.

The long-discussed project will link I-490, in the heart of Cleveland's east side, to University Circle's vibrant district of medical, educational, cultural and business institutions.

The $324 million opportunity corridor was scheduled to begin construction in 2027. The new state funding will allow it to begin it's first phase next year.

The plan will also speed up funding and construction for the Innerbelt Bridge, the Innerbelt, adding a lane along I-77, adding a third lane to I-271 between I-480 east and west, and projects in Lorain, Medina, Mahoning, Stark and Summit counties in Northeast Ohio.

The expedited state funding is coming from bond sales backed by increased tolls on the Ohio Turnpike.

The announcement was made at the Orlando Bakery on Cleveland's east side, which is in the midst of an expansion.

Mayor Frank Jackson, a host of state lawmakers, business and community leaders all spoke supporting Kasich's announcement as a way to create economic development and jobs.

The Corridor will displace some residents in poor Cleveland neighborhoods.

Cleveland Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland pledged to make sure they are fairly treated and compensated


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