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House Committee Begins Hearings on Bill to Address Proposed Highway Interchange in Medina County

October 4, 2023
Republican Newsroom

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The Ohio House Economic and Workforce Development Committee yesterday began hearings on House Bill 276, announced bill sponsors, State Reps. Melanie Miller (R-City of Ashland) and Sharon Ray (R-Wadsworth).

This legislation 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.

Several issues have been raised regarding the construction, including Boston Rd. being a two-lane, hilly, and residential area that would need to be widened to four lanes. The lane extension would impact the area severely with the demolition of homes. Additionally, the relocation of a jet fuel pipeline would also be required for the project.

“Let us stand together in solidarity, ensuring that the ‘Homes not Highways’ movement is heard, and let us work tirelessly to protect our homes, our environment, and the principles of fairness by supporting this critical legislation for the Brunswick community,” said Miller.

Miller and Ray cited displacement, financial burden, and safety concerns as the driving factors behind the bill.

“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 during sponsor testimony. “Representative Miller and I are committed to protecting our communities and doing what’s best for our constituents. This interchange is not what’s best for the people and City of Brunswick and surrounding areas of Medina County.”

This bill will continue to receive hearings in the House Economic and Workforce Development Committee.