WEST CARROLLTON — A U.S. senator and a West Carrollton restaurant owner urged lawmakers to soon pass a bipartisan federal transportation bill they said is critical to expedite Interstate 75 improvements and the success of Ohio businesses near them.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and El Meson proprietor Bill Castro said in a news conference Saturday that if Congress doesn’t come to a resolution on the highway bill before it expires June 30, work could stop or slow down, affecting businesses and threaten jobs across the state.


A $27 million reconfiguration of the I-75 and South Dixie Drive/Central Avenue exit - Exit 47 - over the past year has, Castro said, made travel to the 50-employee restaurant difficult.


He said business has decreased about 50 percent since the reconfiguration started.

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