Swedish retailer IKEA announced Tuesday it plans to build a store in Columbus near Polaris Mall.
Starting tomorrow, the speed limit for trucks on Ohio’s rural and suburban interstate highways will rise from 55 miles an hour to 65. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports.
Governor Ted Strickland announced dozens of highway projects that will get a boost from federal stimulus funds. The new projects are spread across the state and will bring thousands of jobs.
Work crews are installing more noise walls on the city’s north side. The pre-cast barriers are being put up around Sharon Woods Metro Park near the Interstate 270 and 71 interchange. Much of the north side from Easton on the east to the Sawmill road interchange on 270 and on I-71 north of 161 is now walled in. The Ohio Department of Transportation says barriers are designed to reduce traffic noise but some northeast side residents say they make little difference.
If transportation officials in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri get their way, Interstate-70 will have a special lane, just for trucks all along the four-state corridor.