U.S. State Route 40 Expansion Project Kicks Off Near Dayton International Airport

17 Nov 2020

Opportunity and prosperity — two characteristics that continuously describe the economic development initiatives in the Dayton Region. As 2020 comes to a close, the month of November marks the beginning of a $14.9 million infrastructure project that will boost future economic growth and introduce a variety of new employment opportunities. 

Led by local contractor R.B. Jergens, this new infrastructure project will expand U.S. Route 40 to five lanes and improve ramps from Union AirPark Boulevard to the Airport Access Road interchange. Dayton International Airport, a tourism hub in the region, will reap numerous benefits from these roadway updates, fueling industries heavily impacted by COVID-19. Local businesses will also notice major changes as transportation becomes more accessible. 

At the project's kickoff event on Tuesday, October 13, Steve Stanley, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, highlighted the safety advancements and reduced traffic congestion this work would bring to the Dayton Region. This not only impacts commuters and working professionals within the county, but also potential investors, businesses or families looking to relocate. 

Montgomery County has led the financing of this project, garnering financial commitments from organizations such as the Ohio Public Works Commission, JobsOhio, City of Dayton and many more. Additional funding was also secured through a loan from Ohio Department of Transporation’s State Infrastructure Bank, — which provides low-interest loans to local governments investing in infrastructure — totaling $11.3 million.

Additional support for this project has also come from Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and Dayton Development Coalition

As construction begins, lane closures and shifts are to be expected, but traffic patterns will remain along Route 40. A projected completion date is set for Spring 2022. 

We’re thrilled to witness these improvements firsthand while continuing to drive economic success in the Dayton Region. For ongoing developments, project updates and additional information, visit Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District or follow along on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.