New Akron construction plan: ODOT to reveal $51 million project for Central Interchange

The three-year project is scheduled to start in 2021.

AKRON, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Transportation is revealing a $51 million project to revamp the Akron Expressway and Central Interchange.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the project to be unveiled Tuesday will be a scaled-down version of a $275 million project proposed 12 years ago. The current proposal involves building new high-level ramps, permanently closing exit ramps and installing noise walls.

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The department says the project will help improve safety and replace bridges built in the 1950s. The three-year project is scheduled to start in 2021.

Officials say the state does not plan on taking property around the interchange.

ODOT is hosting a public meeting on the project Tuesday at the Glover Community Learning Center in Akron.