COLUMBUS: The state’s Transportation Review Advisory Council has given preliminary approval to a $3 billion transportation plan that includes funding several highway projects in the Akron area.
TRAC voted Thursday to advance Gov. John Kasich’s proposal, which includes using $1.5 billion generated by bonds backed by Ohio Turnpike profits. The remaining $1.5 billion will come from federal, state and local sources.
Projects include rebuilding the Interstate 76/77 interchange with South Main Street and South Broadway in Akron and widening Interstate 271 in Macedonia.
A public comment period on the proposal ends Aug. 16.
Ohio Department of Transportation officials will present certain projects to the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in August.
TRAC will vote to finalize the list in September.