COLUMBUS – State Representative Jason Stephens (R-Kitts Hill) today announced he will be introducing a House Concurrent Resolution urging Governor DeWine and the Director of Transportation to provide for the extension of I-73 and I-74 into Ohio.
Currently, Ohio has eight primary interstate highways running through the state. Stephens noted that interstate systems are crucial in improving mobility and connectivity for goods, services and our workforce to all regions of the state, and the importance of easy access to these interstate highways.
“Expanding I-73 and I-74 will bring great development opportunities to our state,” said Stephens. “These projects would significantly benefit our workforce and economy, and provide easier access to the interstate system for millions of Ohioans.
The extension of I-73 would include an upgrade to U.S. Route 52 between Huntington, West Virginia and Portsmouth. U.S. Additionally, a portion of U.S. Route 23 through Columbus to I-75 near Findlay, will be upgraded.
The project would also include the extension of I-74 from Cincinnati to Portsmouth. Several routes for this project are being studied for the most suitable to accommodate this addition.