Columbus still ignores local needs

Published 1:41 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gov. John Kasich recently proposed more projects to be funded through his Jobs and Transportation Plan, with a projected $2 billion to be spent on the state’s infrastructure, jobs and economy.

That would be great news for Lawrence County if the long-awaited Chesapeake Bypass project had been included in the list of upcoming construction projects.

Once again, Lawrence County and a project that has been lobbied for by local leaders for decades has been overlooked.

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The county’s economy has grown much over the past 10 years with new businesses moving into The Point industrial park, a new hotel in Ironton and recreational, residential and dining options sprouting all over the area.

Completing the bypass would be another leap forward in creating a seamless highway system that would link the Tri-State and ensure that Lawrence County can continue to grow into the future.

Unfortunately, state leaders in Columbus still chose to ignore the needs of southern Ohio.

The Tri-State has waited long enough and local leaders need to continue to pursue this project.