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Labor Day may not be cause for celebration for some with swimming pools closing, summer vacations ending and schools returning to session, but for the Ohio Department of Transportation, it means some major construction projects around the state are wrapping up and will open roadways for drivers.

“This was a record year for ODOT,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Crews worked on more than 900 construction projects. Motorists have demonstrated significant patience during the summer construction season and all of us are pretty happy to see many of those orange barrels disappear.”
Major projects ending this fall include:

• The $150 million widening of I-71 from two to three lanes in each direction in Delaware and Morrow counties ends the 15-year push to widen I-71 to three lanes from Columbus to Cleveland.
• The $200 million I-71/670 Columbus Crossroads Project has added a travel lane on I-670, constructed 22 new bridges and 28 new retaining walls along with two new urban avenues to improve access and mobility.


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