COLUMBUS: Ohio’s Highway Department says work is under way to expand the only two-lane section left on Interstate 71 between Columbus and Cleveland.
The Ohio Department of Transportation says work on the three-phase project has already begun in northern Morrow County with another project scheduled to start this week.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Monday that the final leg will be finished in 2015 with $144 million spent to widen the final 25 miles.
News four years ago that the state ran out of money to finish that stretch upset local officials. Most of the route to Cleveland is now three lanes.
ODOT spokeswoman Nancy Burton says the state has enough money for the project from cuts, staff retirements and agency efficiencies.