Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) opened a new stretch of four-lane U.S. Route 30 completing the upgrade of U.S. 30 to a four-lane route in Wayne County.
ODOT Director Gordon Proctor was joined by U.S. Congressman Ralph Regula, State Senator Ron Amstutz, State Representative Jim Carmichael, Federal Highway Administration Division Administrator Dennis Decker and ODOT District Three Deputy Director Thomas M. O’Leary to celebrate the project’s completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 16, 2005.
The project is opening nearly one year ahead of schedule.
“Completing this project brings Ohio one step closer to upgrading U.S. 30 to a four-lane highway from Indiana to Pennsylvania,” said Proctor. “This upgrade also addresses the safety and congestion issues that made this stretch of U.S. 30 one of the top non-freeway accident locations in the state.”
The $45 million project relocated an outdated, congested, eight-mile stretch of U.S. 30 from Wooster, OH, to SR 57.
ODOT widened the road to four lanes, built new interchanges at Apple Creek Road and Carr Road and built four new grade separations, resulting in a safer and less congested highway.
“Completing the upgrade of U.S. 30 in Wayne County is a significant step toward rebuilding Ohio’s stressed transportation network,” Proctor said. “Moving forward in the process of rebuilding U.S. 30 reinforces the governor’s commitment to improve the state’s business climate and open new economic development opportunities.”
Unveiled in 2003, Gov. Bob Taft’s Jobs and Progress Plan is a $5 billion, 10-year plan to rebuild Ohio’s urban interstate networks, address high-crash locations and complete the state’s rural macro-corridors, like U.S. 30.
Through the Jobs and Progress Plan, the 23-county area that makes up central Ohio and includes Wayne, Ashland and Richland counties will see a historic investment of almost $1.4 billion over the next 10 years.
This investment will build projects such as the reconstruction of the Interstate 71/U.S. 30 interchange and complete the widening of I-71 between Columbus and Cleveland.