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U.S. Route 30 expansion gets $18 million boost

Robert Wang / GateHouse Media Ohio, The Daily Record

Washington, November 8, 2019
The long-dormant project to extend the U.S. Route 30 expressway in Stark County is showing signs of life.

The U.S. Department of Transportation this week approved an $18 million grant to help fund extending three miles of the multi-lane highway from Trump Avenue SE in Canton to state Route 44 near East Canton, Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula said.

“I can’t believe it. We did it,” said Regula.

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Gonzalez, who represents northwestern Stark County, said Regula has talked with him about the project since Gonzalez’s election campaign in 2018. The congressman, as part of a “team effort” with other officials, worked on sending letters and arranging meetings with USDOT officials, called officials to lobby and assigned a staffers to monitor the grant application’s status.

“We wanted it to be a full court press. ... It was unbelievably competitive. They were oversubscribed 10 to 1,” said Gonzalez, who added that the project not only would generate temporary construction jobs but it would relieve a transportation bottleneck and open opportunities for the oil and gas industry. “To be one of the select few to .... get this money is really, really big.”

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