CHESAPEAKE — Additional funding has been put into the long-awaited Chesapeake Bypass project.

On Thursday, the state’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) put $5 million into the budget of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“That is to go ahead and buy any available land,” said Dr. Bill Dingus, executive director of the Lawrence Economic Development Corporation and member of the TRAC.

“Anyone in that corridor who wants to go ahead and sell, they have a guarantee of money.”

For decades county economic development leaders have pushed to get the bypass that would connect Huntington West Virginia, to Ironton via the Proctorville Bypass, thus creating the Tri-State Connector.

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