Funding of $340 million for Innerbelt Bridge OKed

2:39 PM, Sep 16, 2013   |    comments
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BEREA -- The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission approved today the $930 million in funding for 10 projects located in northern Ohio, each within 20 miles of the Turnpike.

The projects will be funded using bond proceeds that were the result of Governor Kasich's Ohio Jobs and Transportation Plan.

Included in the 10 projects is the second phase of the Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, which received $340 million.

Other projects include $39 million in funding for the OpportunityCorridor in Cuyahoga County, $60 million for I-271 in Summit County and $16 million for state Route 57 in Lorain County.

OTIC conducted a special meeting last week to hear Turnpike staff analysis of the 12 Transportation Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) projects that were presented to the Commission by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) at their regular meeting in August.

After considering each project individually at the Sept. 9 meeting, the Commission unanimously approved a resolution establishing a list of qualified infrastructure projects.

The list included 10 of the 12 projects which were originally proposed.

"This is a true partnership between our agencies. No trips start or end on the Turnpike, so our financial support of these projects is a benefit to the entire transportation system and Turnpike customers as well," stated Rick Hodges, OTIC Executive Director.


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