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Route 33 Bypass in Nelsonville, OH opens

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Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Nelsonville, OH Bypass Ribbon cutting ceremony for new Nelsonville, OH Bypass
Nelsonville, OH -

Hundreds of people attended the opening ceremony for the newly constructed US route 33 on Tuesday morning. The road, also known as the Nelsonville Bypass, is one of the largest transportation projects ever built in southeastern Ohio. Officials say this monumental project will make travel safer, faster, and easier for many commuters traveling to Columbus.  

"The last few months I've been getting emails and calls about twice a week asking when the Nelsonville Bypass is going to be open - people from Athens, Columbus, and out of state," said David Rose, the communications manager for ODOT District 10.  

Until today, US 33 through Nelsonville was heavily congested, with a history of serious injury crashes. After decades of planning and more than four years of construction, the $160 million, 8.5 mile road finally came to fruition.  

Many local residents say they can't believe they've lived to see this day.  

"For 35 years I have lived right on Route 33 and we can hardly get out of our driveway anytime during the day," said Bill Theisen.  

The new road may not be beneficial to everyone. Less traffic into the down could mean fewer customers for local business owners.  

"We sometimes get somebody that drives through to work everyday from here to Athens," said Ed Reed, the owner of Reed's Country Corner. "We might not get that, where people see it all week and then decide on the weekend to stop."  

But Reed says he's still happy for the town, and lots forward to seeing less congestion on the roadways.