Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) gave preliminary approval to fund the reconstruction of the interchange at Interstate 70, U.S. Route 40 and State Route 311 in Belmont County in 2016, according to the Ohio State Department of Transportation.
The project aims to reduce congestion and improve safety and functional deficiencies currently associated with the existing layout of the interchange.
Construction will include widening of U.S. Route 40, State Route 331 and Hammond Road and a new connector between existing State Route 331 and Hammond Road. The project will also include twin deck replacements on Interstate 70 over U.S. Route 40 and pedestrian facilities within project limits.
ODOT is asking the TRAC for the remaining $4 million needed to fund construction of the $21 million project. The proposal now moves into a 30-day public comment period before the final decisions.
The public comment period ends Jan. 20, 2015.
Last August, members of the Ohio Department of Transportation, and state and local elected officials met in Belmont County to announce a $24.1 million road project to upgrade the existing interchange from Interstate 70 to State Route 331 near Belmont College.
On Wednesday, Belmont County Commission welcomed ODOT to their weekly meeting, and commissioners announced they plan to donate portions of county-owned property to move the project forward.
“The commissioners decided to donate this property to move this project forward to show that we are a partner in this project and hope that ODOT looks as us as a valuable partner and continue to invest in Belmont County,” said Belmont County Commissioner Matt Coffland.
The project has also been sent before Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council to receive funding. Results on whether ‘TRAC’ will invest in the project should be released at the beginning of next week.