ODOT Talks Future Plans with Locals

by Brittany Shannon on October 21, 2010 at 5:54 am

ODOT officials are looking at ways to enhance Interstate 70 while making it part of a national corridor.

Thursday, local business owners met with ODOT to discuss what their needs are, and future projects that could be beneficial.

"It can be anywhere from adding a lane, to changing an intersection. What’s most important to us and Governor Strickland is that we bring the people that this would affect into a meeting and discuss this and get their ideas. They can hear our ideas, and we can build something that’s useful in the future," says Karl Newman, Deputy Director for District 5.

Another potential project would create dedicated truck lanes along an 800 mile portion of I-70. This would make Zanesville and Muskingum County part of their proposed national corridor.

"With that comes great economic opportunity. Great opportunity for job growth for new business that’s really what today is about," says Scott Varnery, ODOT Deputy Director.

ODOT plans to hold similar meetings in Cambridge and Licking County.