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Governor fails to see value of our bypass

Published 12:32pm Wednesday, July 24, 2013

One southern Ohio bypass was recommended for funding but the one for which many Lawrence Countians have hoped and prayed for decades was once again looked over.

Gov. John Kasich released his transportation plan earlier this week which includes a $3 billion investment in Ohio’s roads, highways and infrastructure.

The proposal includes funding for the Portsmouth Bypass, a much-needed development that will help better connect southern Ohio with the rest of the state.

But the project that was glaringly left off the list was the Chesapeake Bypass, often called the Tri-State Metro Outerbelt. Lawrence County leaders have lobbied for this project for probably 50 years.

Initial phases have helped but completing the connection between U.S. 52 and State Route 7 beyond Proctorville would be a huge step forward for the Tri-State’s entire transportation system. It would help create a more seamless highway system and position the county well for the future.

The constant stops and starts on this project has likely cost the state tens of millions over the years in redesigns, environmental studies and increased construction costs.

Enough is enough.

The state’s Transportation Review Advisory Committee and the Ohio Department of Transportation can still find a way to address a huge issue here in southern Ohio even if the governor fails to see the big picture here.

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  • Poor Richard

    Absolutely!

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  • mickakers

    I concur with mikehaney’s observation.

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  • mikehaney

    As far as value to Lawrence county, Portsmouth bypass has it hands down over the Chesapeake bypass. As a casual observer, many trucks are running rt 93 towards Jackson now. Access from Huntington, I-64 to points north to Columbus and west to Dayton and Cincinnatti are few. Route 23 to Columbus and rts 32 and 35 will from our area will be much easier bypassing Portsmouth.

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