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10:54 AM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- On Monday, Governor John Kasich is expected to deliver some good news and significant dollars for multiple transportation projects in Greater Cleveland, starting with the Opportunity Corridor.

The $324 million project would link I-490 with University Circle by a 3.5-mile link through Cleveland's East Side neighborhoods.

Political and business leaders believe the project will be a way to get traffic to and from the bustling University Circle area of hospitals, museums and educational institutions.

And they think it could spur development in Cleveland's poorest neighborhoods.

Kasich will make his announcement at the Orlando Baking Company near the west end of the potential project.

The project has received $29 million from the state for planning.

Observers speculate Kasich may announce more money through bonds backed by turnpike revenues.

Kasich had previously mentioned the Opportunity Corridor as a probably recipient of those funds.

The project has a long way to go to become reality. Federal planners must approve it.

And money is needed from multiple sources.

The city of Cleveland is also hoping to obtain state dollars for its ongoing efforts to convert the West Shoreway into a slower speed boulevard.

Mayor Frank Jackson will be with Kasich Monday.


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