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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Officials have opened a new bypass road that cuts through a national forest in southeast Ohio.
The new section of U.S. Route 33 around the city of Nelsonville was opened following a Tuesday morning ceremony. Route 33 is heavily used by motorists traveling between Columbus and southeast Ohio and those headed to Ohio University in Athens from points all over the state. The bypass is expected to relieve traffic jams on the main two-lane road through Nelsonville. The bypass had been discussed for decades, and construction on the $175 million project started in 2007. It passes through Wayne National Forest. The state spent more than $10 million just on making sure wildlife in the area and the environment were protected.