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Plan to widen I-475 hangs on funding

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Big changes could be coming to I-475.

It's a plan that has been up in the air for more than 10 years. The plan would widen the roadway to six total lanes from the Maumee River to Central Avenue.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is hoping to get the money for the project together by 2016.

"It could also include two interchanges. One would be in Springfield Township either at Dorr Street or Hill and the other would be the US-20 interchange," said Lucas County Engineer Keith Early.

Early says the new interchanges would spread out traffic, reducing delays and congestion.

"For all of western Lucas County it would spread out the traffic so it would be less congested at the other interchanges," said Early.

The US-20a interchange is projected to cost nearly $20 million and the Dorr or Hill interchange is expected to cost nearly $10 million. Half of the money for the project would be provided by ODOT. The remainder of the funding would come from Monclova Township, Springfield Township, the City of Toledo the City of Maumee and the University of Toledo. 

Those involved have until April 28 to come up with the money.

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