BOWLING GREEN — Two projects in northwest Ohio are moving forward after the Transportation Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) recently awarded funding to several projects.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) Transportation Review Advisory Council, known as TRAC, approved the final funding list when it met recently in Columbus. ODOT will invest an additional $398 million into major-new projects over the next four years.

The projects awarded funding in northwest Ohio are located in Lucas and Hancock counties:

•Construction of a new interchange at Interstate 475 and U.S. Route 20A, Toledo. The project was awarded $79 million in TRAC funding.

Construction of the project is tentatively scheduled for 2022 at a cost of $107 million.

“The 20A interchange has been talked about for 20 years,” said Pat McColley, deputy director for ODOT District 2. “The significant contributions from our local partners made this funding application extremely attractive to TRAC,” he said.

McColley said the interchange project, coupled with a current project which is widening and reconstructing Interstate Route 475 between Central Avenue and Airport Highway, and constructing a new interchange with Dorr Street, will help ease traffic congestion and support economic development.

“We’re excited to see them moving forward,” he said.

•Improvement of the interchange of Interstate 75 at county Road 99, north of Findlay. A project to improve the interchange was awarded $400,000 to allow the project to move forward in the development phase.

•Assessment of intersections along the county Road 99 corridor between Technology Drive and Main Street in Findlay are also included in the project. The project, which is being developed with the partnership of the city of Findlay, is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2023.

(Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Transportation.)

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