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Gov. Kasich: New road in Wood Co. will help create jobs

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Ohio Governor John Kasich was in Wood County on Monday dedicating the new State Route 18.

Kasich says the project will actually help create jobs because it diverts truck traffic around North Baltimore to support the CSX Intermodal hub.

Kasich says he's proud ODOT finished the project four years ahead of schedule.

The mayor of North Baltimore says he's pleased the new route helps maintain the quiet little village atmosphere for residents.

More than 30 trains a day move through the CSX Intermodal facility.

The hub also handles heavy truck traffic.

Since CSX opened the facility just west of North Baltimore, 250 trucks a day have had to drive through the village from I-75.

"I can't even sit out here and enjoy my front porch because of all the noise and the traffic," says Lori Allison who lives on Main Street and says the trucks shake her house.

North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer says it created a safety and congestion issue.

"When there's a train that would be running through the town trucks weren't able to continue forward so they were blocking several blocks of downtown," says Chief Baer.

Those trucks now have a new route diverting them around town.

"Why am I excited about North Baltimore? Well, right there is why I'm excited about North Baltimore," says Kasich.

The Governor was on hand to dedicate the new State Route 18 which curves from South Main Street in North Baltimore to the intermodal.

The 2.2 mile bypass cost $5.8 million and took two years to build.

According to ODOT the route includes the first roundabout on a state route in the region.

Kasich says the project will help create jobs.

"This gives companies easier access to getting everything processed rather than having to go to Chicago. So North Baltimore is going to become sort of the new Chicago I hope," says Kasich.

CSX leaders say the intermodal employs 300 people directly and indirectly, and that number will grow along with truck traffic in the future.

 "Northwest Ohio becomes a hub of traffic sort of like a major airport," says Clarence Gooden, Executive Vice President of CSX Railroad.

Allison says at least the truck traffic isn't on Main Street anymore.

"It has just been quieter," says Allison.

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