Dream Come True Is Newsmen Word For New Turnpike
3 r TtHE SANDUSKY REGISTERSTAB-NEWS G)me True Is Newsmen Word Fot New Turnpike By BtLt LEVY CI ^EVELAND (INS)-Ohlo's 241- mll« ribbon of concrete stretching froih Peiftnsylvaiiia: to Indiana is ready, willing and able to handle the steady strfeAm of traffic which will; be|(fh'flowing at midnight Frl- dayi .• .Kf-. NewSmeo from every section of the state wf.vp. given a preview of (lie $326 ixiillion "baby" Tuesday in tVi '6 segments. One tour left from^ Toledo and proceeded to a point' east of Fremont and the other departed from the Strongsville interchange near Cleveland and '.JieaHisd to thfe Pennsylvania state line where the turnpike joins the keystone State ''pike." Eventually, when the Indiana turnpike and a' bridge across tiie Delaware River linking the Penn- .sylvania and NeW Jersey piken are completed'in November. 1956, the unbroken band of dual lane highway will stretch from the outskirts of Chicago to New York. It will be a '"dream come true." The eastern entourage started at the Strongsvillc administration building, wliere the group of more than 'AO newsmen saw the radio and toll-auditing nerve centers. * • • A ^ar-bns-truck caravan pro- reeded eastward, stopping at numerous points along the way, tlie most spectacular of which was the twin bridges spanning the Cuyahoga River. The bridges are the longest — stretching 2,680 feet — and the iiighest — 176 feet high — on the turnpike. Members of the caravan saw workmen putting the finishing touches on the super highway which extends across the industrial heart of Ohio. There is still much to do In the way of landscaping and liic turn pike promises to provide a scenic ride when the scars carved in the earth by mamouth bulldozers and earth movers at\ healed by grass and trees. One of the most scenic spots on the toll road is the crossing of the Meander Creek Reservoir in Ma honing county, southwest of Voungstown. * • * / After viewing a typical maint^n iincc structure at Canfield and see ing the number of men and amount of equipment needed to maintain a 30 -mil3 strip of the road, the newsmen lunched at the Glacier Hills anci Mahoning Valley service plazas. TlJere they saw the modern facilities provided for the comfort of persons traveling across Ohio on the most modern of turnpikes. The tour wound up at the East gate terminal toll plaza, where the newsmen aiid photographers were given a demonstration of electronic toil equipment for classifying vehicles automatically for toll pur- po.ses. All came away convinced that the turnpike is an engineering miracle ready to take its place in the network of roads that may some day unite the western states with the East coast.