Demolition of buildings under way ahead of new interchange

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Demolitions crews are busy ahead of a $96 million project creating a new interstate interchange in northeastern Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Transportation expects to sign a contract this spring for work on a new Interstate 76/77 interchange in Akron with construction scheduled to begin in the summer.

ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs tells the Akron Beacon Journal that the project is on schedule.

Most of the buildings that haven’t been demolished yet are vacant, with yellow warning signs in windows.

ODOT says the new interchange will improve safety along what’s considered the most dangerous stretch of highway in Summit County.

Kovacs says the state spent a little more than $14 million acquiring 72 parcels of land and is tearing down 31 buildings.

Information from: Akron Beacon Journal

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