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Turnpike Commission approves Innerbelt Bridge/Opportunity Corridor funding

Turnpike Commission approves Innerbelt Bridge/Opportunity Corridor funding

(Berea) - The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Monday approved the 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.

Two of the projects are in Cleveland. $340 million was approved for the second Innerbelt Bridge. $39 million was okayed for the Opportunity Corridor linking I-490 with University Circle.

$16 million was approved 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 at their regular meeting in August.

In making their determinations, the Commission had to decide whether the proposed projects specifically demonstrated the transportation-related nexus to the Turnpike system.

“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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