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ODOT District 1 dedicates operations campus
ODOT Director Jerry Wray leads dedication
LIMA (Tuesday, October 20, 2015) In 2014, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 in Lima undertook a project to consolidate its operations into a single campus setting.
Today, ODOT Director Jerry Wray led a dedication of the new operations campus, saying it’s an example of good government and good facility management.
The $4.2 million project, which began in March of 2014 and was completed late that same year, included construction of five new buildings on McCullough Street in Lima where ODOT District 1’s headquarters and main garage were already located and property owned by the state was available.
The two most significant structures constructed with the project house the district’s bridge, guardrail, facilities, survey and traffic operations as well as the Allen County maintenance garage. Those operations were previously operating from aging facilities at a separate location on Chapman Road. Approximately 50,000 square feet of additional operating space was added as a result of the project.
The district began working out of the new facilities last November.
“This was a situation where we maximized the benefits we had in existing facilities and in land we already owned and created a more efficient business operation. Developing existing public facilities to serve multiple functions is an example of good government,” said Wray.
Wray said the project is considered a benchmark for ODOT because it is the largest
ODOT-administered facility project ever undertaken by the agency, especially given its scope and complexity.
“Consolidating our operations brought together employees of work units who had been working in separate locations, eliminated the costs involved with keeping deteriorating structures, and increased our effectiveness by creating greater access to shared equipment,” said Kirk Slusher, District 1 deputy director.
Features of the operations campus:
  • One of the largest salt storage domes in the eight-county district with a capacity of 4,000 tons compared to previous storage of approximately 2,000 tons.
  • Modern winter liquid station that automatically produces salt brine
  • Increased fuel capacity
  • Additional wash bay
  • Carpenter shop
  • Increased equipment and materials storage capacity
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
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Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
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