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‘Opportunity Corridor’ to open in Cleveland next week

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 1:57 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2021 at 7:31 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A long-awaited road project in Cleveland will finally be open to traffic next week.

State and local officials took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday for the city’s “Opportunity Corridor.”

According to Ohio Department of Transportation District 12 deputy director John Picuri said the three-mile stretch of roadway is expected to open by Nov. 12.

Other individuals who participated in the ceremony include:

  • Ohio Department of Transportation director Jack Marchbanks
  • State Sen. Sandra Williams
  • State Rep. Stephanie Howse
  • Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish
  • Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was initially scheduled to attend the event, but he and the first lady were exposed to two staff members who tested positive for COVID-19.

The “Opportunity Corridor” is a stretch of roadway between East 55th Street near I-490 to the University Circle area.

Developers hope the corridor will open economic and employment opportunities for the underutilized area in Cleveland.

They also said the corridor‘s purpose is not only to provide new growth and opportunities for the area, but also for the people who live there, like Marshay Gibbons.

“I’ve had a blast out here,” said Gibbons who is a member of the project’s construction crew.

Gibbons said prior to the joining the crew she had zero experience working in construction.

“I learned it all firsthand out here in the field. They gave me an opportunity and I ran with it,” she said.”

Even though the new roadway will be open to traffic next week, the project won’t be officially complete til about June 2022, since crews will still be adding components, such as lighting and landscaping.

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