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Highway widening projects in Medina and Akron approved by the state

Posted at 12:37 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 10:29:27-05

CLEVELAND — Highways in Medina and near Akron will be widened as part of a slew of projects approved by state transportation officials.

The project near Akron will add a lane to I-77 south of Akron from Arlington Road to the I-77/I-277/US 224 interchange. The project is currently budgeted at about $71.6 million.

Curtis Baker, director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, said in an application for the project, that it will mitigate traffic congestion and safety problems that result from the movement of more than 124,000 vehicles through the area every day.

The second project in Medina County will take place along the east/west corridor of State Route 18 between Medina and I-71. The project is currently budged at $23.2 million.

The project’s purpose, as described in the project details, would improve safety by reducing congestion and increasing capacity by adding through lanes and turn lanes, including two access roads.

Both projects are still in the planning phases, and the earliest they would begin construction on either project appears to be 2021.