COLUMBUS— Asst. Majority Whip Sharon Ray (R-Wadsworth), State Rep. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland), and State Senator Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) today held a press conference on newly introduced legislation that came as a result of constituent concerns about a highway interchange in Medina County. The Representatives and Senator were accompanied by leaders and residents of the City of Brunswick and the surrounding communities.
The bill will repeal a portion of the State Transportation Budget, which would require the Ohio Department of Transportation to construct an I-71 interchange on Boston Road in the City of Brunswick.
"Boston Road is not fit for an interchange like this,” said Miller. “We would have to destroy homes, level a hilly road that is unfit to carry highway traffic, and for that to be in statue is not right. This interchange is bad for Brunswick and was forced upon the residents and that is why I am pushing for this legislation to repeal the interchange.”
“This proposed interchange was the result of one community – Strongsville – trying to legislate a neighboring community – Brunswick – to fix a problem they created,” said Ray.
“This interchange is bad for Brunswick and all of Medina County for financial and safety reasons, and is just bad policy overall.”
This legislation to repeal the interchange was introduced today, as well as a Senate companion bill by Senator Romanchuk.
The full press conference can be viewed here.