July 24, 2016

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Brunswick’s I-71 project gains support

BRUNSWICK — A proposal to reduce congestion on the southbound exit ramp from Interstate 71 to Center Road won City Council’s support Monday.

Allen Biehl, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 3, said the $3.5 million project won’t cost the city any money.

“The good news is that it will be paid with 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent ODOT funds,” he said.

Council approved the project unanimously.

“The end result is this is going to alleviate a major problem,” Councilman Brian Ousley, at large, said.

Biehl said congestion caused by commuters returning home during rush hour from north of Brunswick is the worst of all exits in the eight counties in District 3.

The proposed changes include widening and extending the exit ramp.

“It extends the far right lane to give traffic more time to merge,” Biehl said.

The improvements are part of a “ramp clear” program designed to address congested ramps that back up onto throughways during heavy rush hour traffic loads. The program will use federal highway safety funds designed at improving throughway safety and kick in the remaining cost with state funds.

City Engineer Ryan Cummins said the improvements will go hand in hand with traffic signalization improvements Brunswick is about to complete on Center and Pearl roads.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.