VALLEY VIEW, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced a major transportation project for Cleveland Wednesday.
The announcement is that the I-480 Valley View Bridge project has been accelerated by two years.
According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the bridge carries an estimated 180,000 vehicles across the Cuyahoga River daily. The 4,100-foot twin-bridge structure, which opened in 1977, needs a deck replacement and other repairs.
Because work will now begin in 2017 rather than 2019, taxpayers will save nearly $18 million.
According to the release, the high volume of traffic on the bridge makes it impossible to reduce the number of lanes during construction. To deal with the issue, ODOT will construct a new, four-lane structure in the median.
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