FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2013
Rep. Williams enthusiastic for jobs, community impacts
COLUMBUS- Yesterday, Governor Kasich announced that the state and the Ohio Turnpike will contribute $324M to Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor. The new funding will be used to construct a boulevard that would extend I-490 from I-77 to E 105th. Officials believe the multi-lane boulevard, with 13 intersections, a landscaped median and bicycle paths, will spur growth in some of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods.
“This is great news for Cleveland and it could not have come at a better time,” said Representative Williams. “The InnerBelt Bridge demolition and construction requires nearly $350 million alone to complete. Tied to its completion is more than $1 billon in future projects. With another month of rising unemployment rates, we cannot afford to risk additional delays that will put jobs on hold and keep drivers at bay.”
The state transportation budget allocated funding necessary for infrastructure improvements. The $1.5 billion dollars bonded against future tolls will be matched by federal dollars—that’s $3 billion for upgrades to Ohio’s roads.
The state legislature made a commitment to ensure that no less than 90 percent of Turnpike bond revenues would go toward infrastructure projects within 75 miles of the Ohio Turnpike System.
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