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McCord Road underpass project broke ground Friday

HOLLAND, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Officials broke ground Friday morning to begin the multi-million dollar construction of an underpass at McCord Road near Springfield High School.

The $23.6 million project is expected to be the answer to long lines of traffic and safety concerns at the Norfolk-Southern line train tracks crossing McCord.

The Ohio Department of Transportation estimates 24,000 cars and 100 trains pass through the area everyday, making lengthy delays quite common.

"It's important to the Department of Transportation, and it's very important to the local community here," said ODOT District 2 Deputy Director Todd Audet. "Every time a train goes by, traffic is stopped about three to five minutes."

After several years of planning, county commissioners approved the final agreement for the underpass in April. 

"We're all ready to put up with a couple more years - if you want to call it misery or congestion - for what in the long run we're going to get out of this," said Holland Village President Lee Irons.

Work on the project will begin Monday. McCord Road is not expected to close for construction until 2015. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2016.

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