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      McCord Road underpass project kicks off with groundbreaking

      HOLLAND, Ohio -- The multi-million dollar project to construct a railroad underpass at McCord Road officially kicked off Friday with a ceremonial groundbreaking in Springfield Township.

      After years of planning, a Canton, Ohio-based company will lead the $23.4 million construction project.

      The company will construct an underpass beneath the Norfolk Southern railroad and build a roundabout at McCord Road and North Mall Drive. The intersection connects the Spring Meadows shopping center on the east side of the road with Springfield High School to the west.

      The Ohio Department of Transportation hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning. Construction is expected to last into November of 2016.

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      The project is intended to reduce congestion caused by train traffic and improve safety at the crossing. In 2009, Springfield High School student Cody Brown was killed after trying to beat a train while crossing the railroad tracks on foot. His fellow classmate Brianna Mullinger was also struck, but survived the incident.