State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today announced the release of $345,287 in state funding to complete construction contract plans for the rehabilitation of the State Route 176 southbound bridge over Interstate Route 71 southbound in Cuyahoga County. The Controlling Board, a panel tasked with oversight of state spending, approved the funding at today’s meeting.


“I am pleased the state recognizes the importance of investing in Northeast Ohio’s roads and bridges,” said Antonio. “Modern, reliable roadways are vital to ensuring people can get to and from work, children can ride to school safely, and goods and services can be delivered on time. I look forward to the completion of this long awaited bridge project.”


The Controlling Board originally approved $400,000 in August 2015 for a preliminary engineering study, environmental documentation and completion of construction contract plans. The latest round of funding comes after preliminary engineering studies encountered a more complex structure and traffic maintenance issues than anticipated.


Constructions costs for the SR 176 bridge rehabilitation project are estimated at $4 million. The construction contract will likely be awarded in January 2020.

 
 
 
  
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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.