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      Fort to Port connects more miles

      U.S. Route 24 orange barrels keep disappearing as more miles are added to the Fort to Port project.

      From Toledo to Napoleon, 21 miles of the new four-lane alignment will open to traffic. The latest connection will complete 44 miles of new highway in the state of Ohio.

      Fort to Port will total 93 miles upon completion; 60 of the 93 miles are from Toledo, Oh to the Indiana-Ohio border.

      The new U.S. 24 is aimed to increase traffic safety and gain economic opportunities. Public concern for safety began in the early 1950??s. Since then, the number of commercial mixed with residential traffic hazards caused numerous accidents and fatalities. Planning for Fort to Port started with an ODOT meeting held in 1969. The push for the project continued until 2006 when the first 2.2 miles of highway were completed in Defiance, Oh.

      Total costs for the completed project are estimated at $400 million. The entire Fort to Port U.S. Route 24 is estimated to be completed in May 2013.