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There is relief down the road for frustrated drivers who use congested parts of Interstate 271.

Wednesday afternoon, ODOT and local city leaders announced a plan to widen I-271 in a two-part process.

The first project, which begins next year, will add a lane to I-271 between the Cuyahoga/Summit County line down to State Route 8.

Then, in 2016, construction will begin to widen I-271 from Miles Road to the Summit County border. The interstate will be widened to three lanes between Miles and Columbus Road, just south of Rockside Road and widened to five lanes between there and the county line.

Drivers are relieved and ODOT officials say when finished, this stretch of interstate should be less congested and safer.

“From 2007 to 2009, there were 885 accidents along that corridor between Miles and the Summit County line. With being able to use some money from the turnpike bonds, we’re going to be able to move this project forward,” said ODOT spokeswoman Amanda Lee.

“I think it would be good if they did do something over there to alleviate some of that logjam, during rush hour basically, when it gets jammed up over there,” said driver, Scott Justin.

Michael Friedman, general manager of Ganley Subaru on the busy Bedford Auto Mile, says once finished, the project should make it easier for customers to get to the dealership and easier for his employees to get to work.

“We have meetings and sometimes our sales people aren’t there and we’re wondering why they aren’t there. That’s usually because of traffic problems and now they will have no excuses,” he said.

The project was originally slated to begin in 2027, but ODOT says money from the state transportation plan allowed it to be done early.