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Project to consolidate ODOT operations placed out for bid
Construction of new facilities will provide cost savings by eliminating aging structures
LIMA (Tuesday, November 12, 2013) A project which will construct two new buildings to house highway maintenance operations for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 is scheduled to begin this winter.
The contract for the project was placed out for bid on Friday. Mosser Construction Inc. of Fremont is the apparent low bidder on the project. The bid amount was $4.2 million.
The project includes the construction of two equipment storage buildings at ODOT District 1’s central location on McCullough Street, Lima. The buildings will allow operations currently housed in aging facilities at a separate location to be relocated and incorporated into a district campus.
Also included in the project is interior reconfiguration of the district headquarters and main district garage to accommodate the addition of relocated employees.
“We want to consolidate our operations for several reasons: to bring together employees of work units who had been working in separate locations, eliminate the costs involved with keeping deteriorating structures, and to increase our effectiveness by creating greater access to shared equipment,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
The district’s bridge, guardrail, facilities, survey and traffic operations as well as the Allen County maintenance garage are currently operating out of buildings located on Chapman Road, across the railroad tracks from its headquarters on McCullough Street. The consolidation is expected to save thousands each year in utility and maintenance costs associated with the existing structures. ODOT plans to market the Chapman Road property when the relocation is complete.
Once the bidding documents are reviewed, the contract will be officially awarded at which time work can begin. Construction is expected to begin this winter.
 
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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