$1.1 Billion in New Road Construction OK’d for Ohio, Including I-71 Express Lane

By Rick Rouan, The Columbus Dispatch

Major road construction in Ohio is getting back on track.

An infusion of new funding from a gas-tax increase adopted in the state’s transportation budget this year will be used to earmark about $1.1 billion over the next four years for major transportation projects across the state, including nearly $400 million for new projects.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Review Advisory Council approved the final list of projects Tuesday.

It includes several projects in central Ohio, including express lanes on northbound Interstate 71 south of Downtown, replacing the loop ramp from southbound 270 to eastbound 70 on the East Side, and widening the railroad underpass for Route 36/37 in Delaware.

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