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Reducing crashes and congestion on I-271

Reducing crashes and congestion on I-271

(Bedford) - The Ohio Department of Transportation announced today that the widening of I-271 between Miles Road and the Summit County line will begin in 2016.

Widening in Summit County will start next year. The entire project is due to be completed by 2018.

It's part of an effort to reduce traffic congestion on I-271 and the Cleveland, Akron, and Canton corridor. Work in Cuyahoga County was to be started in 2027 but was moved up thanks to financing made possible by the Ohio Turnpike deal pushed through by Governor John Kasich.

The project will cost an estimated $125 million project, and may create 60,000 jobs.

Michael Friedman of Ganley Surbaru, Myron Pakush of ODOT, and Bedford Heights Police Chief Michael Morotta.

Bedford Heights Police Chief Michael Morotta says widening the freeway will reduce traffic crashes, and reduce commuting times.

Currently, Morotta says I-271 is a high accident area costing pain and suffering due to injuries and thousands of dollars in vehicle losses, while tying up police manpower.

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