An $880,000 road construction project that will relieve rush-hour congestion at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base should get its biggest chunk of funding within days.
Pete Bales, Fairborn's Public Administrative Services director, said the state Controlling Board is scheduled on March 10 to approve $400,000 for the project to widen 3,300 feet of National Road to allow a center turn lane.
The widening will run from Colonel Glenn Highway to Reese Drive, which provides access to Area B at the base. Construction could begin as soon as next year and finish in 2015, Bales said. The project will be designed this year, he added.
Traffic will be maintained throughout the construction, he said. The work is necessary because the base has closed multiple entrances and exits, rerouting drivers to the main gate on National Road. About 10,000 vehicles use the intersection daily, causing delays.
Funding for the project is divided among the Ohio Development Services Agency, $400,000; Ohio Department of Transportation, $300,000; Greene County, $80,000; city of Beavercreek, $80,000, and Peerless Technologies, which is located on National Road, $20,000.
Three companies along the route are expanding, Bales said, including Cubic Defense Applications Inc., Priority Building Services Inc., and SURVICE Engineering Company. The companies intend to create 78 new full-time equivalent jobs and retain 81 existing jobs.
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