Akron touts infrastructure improvements, including roads that talk to cars
AKRON, Ohio -- Behind the orange barrels, as the Innerbelt expressway is removed, the city is laying the groundwork for smart technology that will transmit Wi-Fi and allow vehicles to communicate with the road.
Ohio and Akron officials on Monday touted the infrastructure improvements at a news conference Monday that focused on developing the city's workforce, attracting businesses and partnering with other government agencies.
The city has partnered with ODOT, the Ohio Public Works Commission, Akron Metropolitan Transportation Study, the Federal Highway Administration and others, said City Engineer Jim Hewitt.
"Without their assistance you would not see the massive amount of construction taking place around Akron today," Hewitt said.
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