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Road project makes for safer entry at Ohio park

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a roadway realignment in a $6.6 million project makes is safer and easier for visitors to enter part of the popular Hocking Hills State Park in southern Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports less than a mile of state Route 664 near the attraction known as Old Man's Cave has been relocated. State transportation and natural resources officials dedicated the realigned road Thursday.

Pedestrians visiting the site previously had to cross the road and potentially dodge traffic to get between the parking area and the rest of the park. Part of that old section of road has been converted into a path for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Each year about 3 million people visit the park, which is about 45 miles southeast of Columbus.

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