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Advisory board backs I-90 interchange

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CLEVELAND — An interchange on Interstate-90 at Lear Nagle Road in Avon has inched another step closer to being built.

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s Transportation Advisory Committee Friday voted 19-11 in favor of the interchange.

The 38-member NOACA board, made up of public officials from Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake, Medina and Geauga counties, is expected to vote on the recommendation Sept. 14.

The recommendations of the Transportation Advisory Committee, one of three committees serving the NOACA board, are considered most important by Avon Mayor Jim Smith.

“This is one more hurdle we jumped,” he said. “I’m glad the committee OK’d it. It’s common sense, and common sense prevailed.”

An overview of the impact study, along with alternative development scenarios and preliminary assessments of the direct and indirect impacts of the interchange, will be presented at a public forum 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lorain County Community College’s Spitzer Conference Center.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.

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