David Beach | 11/14/07 @ 3:53pm
The decision about whether to allow a new I-90 interchange in the Lorain County community of Avon is shaping up as a major test of regionalism. The question is whether one city at the edge of the metropolitan area will be able to shape the transportation system to promote more sprawling, automobile-dependent growth - growth which many communities in western Cuyahoga County believe will come at their expense.
The forum for the decision is the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), the regional transportation planning agency. NOACA has commissioned a regional impact study of the new interchange. A public meeting on the study will be held on Aug. 22 at Lorain County Community College. Go here for more background information.
A vote on the interchange could come as soon as the NOACA Governing Board meeting on Sept. 14. Here's a list of Governing Board members.