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Published: 8/29/2012 - Updated: 1 year ago


Fort to Port: U.S. 24 Lanes Open

Hundreds gathered Aug. 28, 2012, in Waterville to celebrate the opening of the expanded U.S. 24 route. The $169 million, 21.5-mile, four-lane highway between the north side of Waterville and the east end of U.S. 24's Napoleon bypass replaces 23.5 miles of two-lane roadway notorious for serious, and often fatal, crashes involving big trucks. Lanes opened to traffic Aug. 29. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Spectators take turns posing with a ceremonial ribbon during a ceremony in Monclova Township near Waterville to open Ohio's final portion of the new alignment of U.S. 24. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Spectators take turns posing with a ceremonial ribbon during a ceremony in Monclova Township near Waterville to open Ohio's final ...
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Sue Westendorf, the retired director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Fort to Port Improvement Organization, shows off Enlarge | Buy This Photo Sue Westendorf, the retired director of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Fort to Port ...
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Runners and walkers participate in The Fort to Port Run/Bike/Walk on the newly configured U.S. 24 highway in Waterville. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Runners and walkers participate in The Fort to Port Run/Bike/Walk on the newly configured U.S. 24 highway in Waterville.
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Bill Ivoska of Perrysburg, participates in The Fort to Port Run/Bike/Walk. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bill Ivoska of Perrysburg, participates in The Fort to Port Run/Bike/Walk.
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Bikers and runners were the first travelers allowed on the new highway. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bikers and runners were the first travelers allowed on the new highway.
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Hundreds of people turned out for the public's only planned opportunity to walk, run, or bike on the new highway before its opening to motor traffic. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Hundreds of people turned out for the public's only planned opportunity to walk, run, or bike on the new highway ...
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Anthony Wayne High School majorettes Lindsey Alleman, front, Katie Music, back left, and Sara Dick, right, perform with the Anthony Wayne High School Marching Generals during a ribbon cutting ceremony for U.S. 24. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Anthony Wayne High School majorettes Lindsey Alleman, front, Katie Music, back left, and Sara Dick, right, perform with the Anthony ...
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