Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I-75 Thru the Valley project to begin in 2021, cost $467.4M

The project team behind the I-75 Thru the Valley project has released updated construction phasing and cost information for the widening and reconstruction of the interstate between Paddock Road and I-275.

The eight-phased, $467.4 million project is scheduled to begin in 2021 with the section of roadway between Shepherd Lane and Glendale Milford Road.

Future phases, with starting dates still to be determined, include (in order): GE Parkway, replacement of the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge, Paddock Road to Galbraith Road, the southbound split from Galbraith Road to Shepherd Lane, the northbound split from Galbraith Road to Shepherd Lane, the State Route 126 ramps, and Glendale Milford Road to Kemper Road.

Detailed design for all eight phases is fully funded.

The ten-year project was originally scheduled to begin in 2014, but was pushed back to 2026 earlier this year due to an anticipated $1.6 billion funding shortfall for Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) highway construction projects.

In June, ODOT Director Jerry Wray announced that $400 million had become available over the next five fiscal years as a result of increased department efficiency, workforce and vehicle fleet reduction, higher than anticipated gas tax receipts, and the elimination of federal earmarks.

Previous reading on BC:
Public can weigh in on I-75 project through June 12 (5/17/10)
Qualls submits OKI 2030 recommendations (1/8/08)