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Columbus -- A state panel has given its final OK for road and bridge improvements planned statewide, some of which will be backed by funds leveraged using future Ohio Turnpike tolls under an initiative signed into law earlier this year by Gov. John Kasich.
The Transportation Review Advisory Council approval Sept. 26 means some projects previously delayed by a decade or more will begin much sooner.
"We have been working hard to move through the process quickly and get projects started," Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, said in a released statement. "Thanks to the Governor's plan we will be able to get more projects moving faster, without a tax increase."
The final project list included the widening of Interstate 80 to six lanes in the Youngstown area, improved transit facilities and access in Stark County and two interstate projects in the Akron area (reconstruction of the Main Street/Broadway interchange on Interstates 76 and 77, and an improvement on I-271).
Marc Kovac is the Dix Capital Bureau Chief. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at OhioCapitalBlog.