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ODOT celebrates completion of big part of U.S. 35 Expansion Project

Brian Martin, executive director of the MVRPC; Randy Chevalley, deputy director of ODOT District 7; Chris Kershner, President and CEO, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; and Tom Vega, vice president of U.S. Utilities with AES Ohio.jpg
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Brian Martin, executive director of the MVRPC; Randy Chevalley, deputy director of ODOT District 7; Chris Kershner, President and CEO, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce; and Tom Vega, vice president of U.S. Utilities with AES Ohio at the U.S. 35 Expansion Project celebration.

A construction project 10 years in the making is finally nearing completion – the expansion of U.S. 35. The Ohio Department of Transportation celebrated this feat on Tuesday. The $13.2 million project was a partnership with ODOT District 7, the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the City of Riverside.

U.S. 35 has been expanded from two lanes to three lanes in each direction between Smithville Road and I-675. Additionally, a bridge near the interchange on Smithville Road was removed. Noise mitigation work was also done on U.S. 35, a normal step taken after a lane expansion.

All that’s left to finish up is to repave the entrance ramp to U.S. 35 on Woodman Drive.

These stretches of road on U.S. 35 are often busy and congested with traffic. This was causing stress and frustration for many people, especially local businesses moving their goods.

“This was a main artery. You know, look at it as your body and your heart. If you don’t have the main artery [working], the blood can’t get to the rest of the artery. So this 35 was key,” Randy Chevalley, the deputy director of ODOT District 7, said.

Officials say this massive project will improve traffic congestion and travel time for commuters and businesses moving their goods.

“The completion of this project is a win for everybody. And I hope as we experience the benefits of safer and more efficient commutes over U.S. 35, that we identify other collaborative opportunities that level the playing field, increase access and ensure equity for all of our residents,” Brian Martin, the executive director of the MVRPC, said.

Barrett Paving Materials Inc. handled the contracting work.

Garrett is a WYSO intern and graduate of University of Dayton. He spent time covering the Dayton area with WDTN Channel 2 News after the 2019 Memorial Day Tornado outbreak. It was around this time that he began listening to NPR and fell in love with radio-based journalism. Garrett graduated from UD in May of 2021 with his Bachelor’s in Communications with a focus in journalism and graduated in May of 2022 with his Master’s. While not working at WYSO, Garrett is an avid reader, loves to play video games, and hanging out with his friends.