2017 marked with significant successes for ODOT
ODOT District 1 reflects
on 2017 accomplishments
LIMA, Ohio (Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018) - Last year was one of
significant success locally for the Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) District 1 which encompasses Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin,
Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Allen County during 2017:
Allen County ODOT crews
performed a culvert lining project on state Route 309 near the Allen County
fairgrounds. An innovative concrete cloth material was attached to the
bottom and upper third of the culvert to extend its service life. Unlike a
culvert replacement project, culvert lining allows highways to remain open
during the repair.
Three bridges in the
Bluffton area over Interstate 75 were replaced. A bridge on Napoleon Road,
Bentley Road and over the Norfolk Southern Railroad were reconstructed by
Eagle Bridge, Sidney.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Defiance County during 2017:
maintenance garage completed 113 miles of berm work along various highways,
which is important to motorists’ safety. A vehicle that drifts from a
travel lane and onto the roadside is more likely to recover safely when
there is a properly-maintained berm.
Three culverts were
replaced beneath state Route 18 between Hicksville and Defiance.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Hancock County during 2017:
Hancock County ODOT
crews replaced three culverts, one each on state Route 18, state Route 103
and state Route 37; and performed a chip and seal project on state Route
613 from Van Buren to Fostoria.
The reconstruction and
widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County began. The
$113 million project will complete in 2020.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Hardin County during 2017:
The Hardin County
maintenance garage completed a significant tile installation project along
state Route 81 east of Ada. The project involved the installation of 4,000
feet of drainage tile and two 65-foot crossovers beneath the highway, the
replacement of four catch basins and the addition of three catch basins.
A bridge deck repair on
state Route 31 between the city of Kenton and the village of Mt. Victory at
two locations was completed. The project was originally to close the
highway but adjustments in the project schedule and construction methods
allowed the project to proceed under traffic.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Paulding County during 2017:
Paulding County ODOT
performed a chip seal project on state Route 66 between U.S. 224 in Putnam
County to the Defiance County line. The project involved approximately 43
lanes miles of highway and employed the work forces from the Van Wert,
Putnam, Wyandot and Defiance County ODOT garages.
A significant berm
repair project was performed along U.S. 24 in Paulding County from the
Indiana state line to the Defiance County line.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Putnam County during 2017:
Putnam County ODOT
crews chipped and sealed the entirety of state Route 12 within their county,
from state Route 65 to the Hancock County line, and state Route 696, from
state Route 12 to the Allen County line.
ODOT maintenance crews
also placed 1,200 feet of tile along state Route 696.
State Route 190 from
the village of Fort Jennings to U.S. 224 was repaired and resurfaced.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Van Wert County during 2017:
Van Wert County ODOT
crews replaced two crossovers under state Route 118 early in the
construction season in anticipation of a contracted project to repave state
Route 118 from the Mercer County line to Ervin Street, which was also
finished this year.
Portions of U.S. 30,
from state Route 49 to U.S. 224 and from township Road 127 to county Road
185, were repaired and resurfaced. Drainage and joint repair was also
completed on U.S. 30 between township Road 127 to county Road 185.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Wyandot County during 2017:
The Wyandot County ODOT
garage took its people and equipment to neighboring ODOT District 3 to help
with chip sealing 45 miles of their highways. The work was performed in
Crawford and Richland counties.
An extensive project on
U.S. 23 was completed. The project involved removal of bridge structures
over an abandoned railroad, the rehabilitation of an existing culvert and
the resurfacing of the ramps at state Route 103.
The following represents work completed districtwide by ODOT
District 1’s own highway forces and by contractors in 2017:
Resurfaced 257 lane
miles of state highway
Chipped and sealed 173
lane miles of state highway
Repaired 17,196 feet of
Applied crack sealing
to 478 lane miles of pavement
Applied 1,413 miles of
Installed or repaired
Installed 8,032 feet of
Replaced nine culverts
and repaired another 20
Of the 807 bridges
within District 1, seven were replaced, five were removed, 200 were
repaired and seven bridge decks were sealed
electricians completed approximately 50 percent of a project that will
install new 15-year LED lamps in all traffic signal heads in the district.
There are nearly 1,200 signal lamps that will be changed
Other notable accomplishments in 2017:
The district dedicated
and placed into service a new maintenance garage in Paulding County and a
maintenance outpost in Hicksville.
A quality of work life
survey, which is administered to all employees, placed ODOT District 1 in
the top 29 percent nationwide of employers. The survey measures the overall
health of the organization in employee satisfaction.
The district hired 20
individuals into its apprenticeship program. The program provides
participants with the opportunity to earn a CDL (commercial driver’s
license) while employed in a temporary position with ODOT and a chance for
an available full-time position with the department.
The district welcomed
25 new, full-time employees who made ODOT their employer of choice. Of
those, 12 began with ODOT under the apprenticeship program.
The district hired 41
winter seasonal employees to support the full-time highway maintenance
staff during snow and ice season.
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.