ODOT preparing for another near-record construction season
2011, we’ve invested $16.4 billion into nearly 8,000 projects
COLUMBUS (April 5, 2018) – This year,
the Ohio Department of Transportation is investing $2.35 billion into nearly
1,000 projects that will preserve existing roads and bridges, enhance
capacity, and improve safety.
“Roads and bridges don’t get better over
time. That’s why 90 cents of every dollar we’re investing this year is to
take care of what we have,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We’re using
better data and more frequent maintenance to address the small issues with
our infrastructure before they become big issues.”
ODOT and contractors will repair or
replace 5,645 miles of pavement, enough to pave a four-lane highway from
Columbus to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and perform work on 1,040 bridges.
While orange barrels can be an
inconvenience, they are a sign of progress and improvement. Since 2011, ODOT
has invested an unprecedented $16.4 billion into 7,918 projects across the
state. ODOT is responsible for maintaining 43,211 lane miles of roadway and
14,095 bridges. Ohio has the fourth largest interstate system by lane miles.
Ohio’s transportation infrastructure supports the state’s 6.5 million jobs.
“Our transportation network is Ohio’s most
valuable man-made asset,” said Wray. “It gives us the ability to move goods
to market, get to work, take our children to school, visit an amusement park
or explore the beautiful natural wonders of Ohio.”
In northwest Ohio,
significant contract projects include:
reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75:
between I-475 and Lagrange Street. The $132 million project enters its fourth
and final year.
Through the city
of Findlay and Hancock County. The
$114 million project enters its second year.
Toledo between South Avenue and Dorr Street. The $155 million, four-year
project begins late this summer.
of state Route 65 in the city of Lima and Allen County.
construction of the state Route 64 Waterville Bridge. The $13 million project
Over 411 lane
miles of resurfacing projects across the 16 counties.
maintenance forces will undertake many projects, as well, including:
Chip sealing of
state Route 81 in Van Wert County from state Route 49 to the Allen County
five culverts under state Route 613 in Putnam County from the Paulding County
line to state Route 108.
four culverts under US Route 6 in Sandusky County from Rollersville to state
Despite a near-record level of road
work, last year saw the second lowest number of work zone crashes in a decade
in Ohio. There were 4,891 work zone crashes, resulting in 119 serious
injuries and 19 deaths. The vast majority of these crashes were caused by
drivers following too close.
“We need drivers to pay attention
every moment they are behind the wheel, but it’s even more vital in work
zones. These zones often contain narrow lanes and changing traffic patterns.
When driving through work zones, drivers need to leave more room between
their vehicle and the vehicle in front of them, slow down, pay attention, and
avoid all distractions,” Wray said.
ODOT crews were struck 152 times last
year. Ohio law requires that drivers move over or slow down when they see our
crews working along the roadway.
Unfortunately, through the years 164
ODOT employees have lost their lives while on the job.
Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset –
the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy
movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year
enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation
through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
environmental review consultation and other actions required by applicable
Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been,
carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C 327 and a Memorandum of
Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.