Ohio road work gets Feds’ attention

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visits the Miami Valley Monday.

The I-75 modernization project is Anthony Foxx’s second stop on his week long tour.

Foxx’s goal to shine a light on the importance of transportation investment in a time when federal funds are drying up.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has road construction projects all over the state.  Officials said these projects are already making a big difference in the economy by creating more than 1,000 jobs state wide.

The state has set aside $2.5 billion for road construction projects according to ODOT, and the Miami Valley is getting about $3 million of that.

Right now I-75 continues to get attention with work to modernize the the highway through downtown.

Officials said the modernization project will greatly improve traffic flow and safety.

More than 125,000 people drive I-75 through Dayton everyday, but that’s expected to increase to nearly 150,000 vehicles in the coming years according to officials with ODOT.

Phase 2 of that project was started in the fall of 2012.  Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.

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