Ohio highway officials shift funds to I-75 project

CLEVELAND (AP) — Highway officials in Ohio are shifting about $67 million left over from a Cleveland construction project to widening a stretch of Interstate 75 south of Toledo.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission voted Monday to shift some of the money it had approved for construction of the Inner Belt Bridge over the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland to the I-75 project in Hancock and Wood counties.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/OOV7IW) reports that the Ohio Department of Transportation plans to widen a crash-prone, 25-mile section of I-75 from two lanes to three lanes in each direction.

Construction of that stretch is expected to cost $68.3 million more than the $366.5 million that was originally estimated.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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