ODOT: $2.3B will go towards improvements statewide

ODOT: $2.3B will go towards improvements statewide

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio Department of Transportation is kicking off its busy construction season by announcing which projects it'll be funding this year.

Local projects getting funding include the completion of a new interchange at I-71 and Martin Luther King Drive. When completed, it's expected to have cost $80 million.

Funding will also go to widening and resurfacing I-75 near GE, between Shepard Lane and Glendale-Milford. That project is set to begin this fall, and is expected to cost $87 million.

The third major project will be improving the Western Row interchange near Kings Island. Construction there will begin in April, and is coming with a pricetag of $21 million.

"These projects will greatly enhance the safe movement of goods and people throughout the Cincinnati region," said ODOT District 8 Deputy Director Tammy Campbell in a news release. "We are rebuilding our existing system while making strategic investments to add capacity where it's essential."

This year, the ODOT will invest $2.3 billion into the state's roads and bridges, just shy of the record-$2.4 billion investments made in 2014 and 2015.

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