Funding approved for U.S. 20A interchange

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Transportation Review Advisory Council approved funding Wednesday for several projects, including a new interchange for U.S. 20A at Interstate 475. The project will receive $79 million for widening of I-475 and construction of a new interchange at U.S. 20A.

In total, $398 million will be invested into project projects around the state.

“As Ohio’s economy continues to grow, we must be able to address the demands put on our roads and bridges,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “These funds allow us to eliminate pinch points, reduce congestion, and make our roads and bridges safer for moving people and goods across Ohio.”

TRAC received 27 applications for development or construction of transportation projects totaling nearly $925 million. The board held a series of hearings around the state to learn about each of the applications.

The I-475 project would include widening to three lanes in each direction between U.S. 24 and Airport Highway. The money has been committed for fiscal year 2022.

The new diverging diamond interchange will provide accessibility to Toledo Express Airport and the 180th Fighter Wing. The Dana headquarters is also at the site.

The project is part of an eight phase plan of improvements for I-475. Eventually it will be three lanes in each direction between Central Avenue and U.S. 24 and include new interchanges at Dorr Street and U.S. 20A.