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Interstate 80 To Add Third Lane

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A road project worth nine figures is coming to the valley in just over a year.

ODOT made the announcement Thursday. It will mean adding a third lane to parts of interstate 80.

Final approval was just given to Governor John Kasich's $3 Billion transportation plan.  And part of that plan is a $123.4 million project to add a third lane on Interstate 80 from I-680, near the route 11 interchange, to state route 193 in Liberty township.

ODOT District 4 spokesperson, Justin Chesnic, says the project will open up the area and make it less congested which should result in a much safer roadway.

"Actually that area of 80 in the Youngstown area is the second busiest truck traffic area in the whole state of Ohio. you traditionally have 65,000-70,000 vehicles that drive that route everyday and most are trucks, about 30%," says Chesnic.

Liberty township administrator, Pat Ungaro, says the massive project will help bring more business to the area.

He says the township will soon announce the opening of several more new restaurants and hotels along the Belmont corridor.

"The access from I-80 coming onto Belmont avenue is causing a great amount of traffic which makes it positive for economic development I think every project including Walmart there, the I-80 access was a positive to add to it," says Ungaro.

Construction won't begin until spring 2015.

ODOT says it will take 2 to 3 years to complete the project.

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