By Kent Larsen
LDS-funded Kirtland Roadwork In Progress
KIRTLAND, OHIO -- A major redesign of the routes taken by roads near the
Kirtland Temple is underway, and the project is expected to ease access for
tourists visiting the Kirtland historic sites. The work was made possible by
a $3 million donation from the LDS Church. It will proceed the construction
of a new LDS visitor's center in Kirtland and replicas of a sawmill and
ashery that once stood nearby.
The project began in 1999 and the LDS Church announced its plan to build the
new visitors center and replica buildings in April 2000. When completed in
2003, the new center will hold up to 120 visitors in a main auditorium and
three smaller theaters.
Local LDS Church spokesman Darson Roper said that the changes will have a
significant effect on the area around the Temple. "All this area will become
a walking area," Roper said, "relieving the noise and congestion [of cars]
in the summer."
New link to Mentor coming to Kirtland
Cleveland OH Plain Dealer 30Nov00 N1
By Lila J. Mills: Plain Dealer Reporter
Triangle to vanish; roads to unsnarl at Mormon sites
Mormons fund $10 million plan for restoration in Kirtland