2018 marked with significant successes for ODOT
ODOT District 1 reflects
on 2018 accomplishments
(Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019) - 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.
unique highway improvement projects within Allen County during 2018:
Allen County ODOT crews replaced two culverts
on state Route 309 east of Lima and one on state Route 696.
The resurfacing and improvement of state
Route 65 (West Street) in the city of Lima and Allen County was completed
by Shelly Company, Findlay.
Micro-silica bridge deck overlays were
placed on Interstate 75 over Riley Creek and on County Line Road over Interstate
75 in Bluffton by Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold.
unique highway improvement projects within Defiance County during 2018:
ODOT maintenance crews in Defiance County used
slag, a steel by-product, in a chip seal on state Route 66 to evaluate its
potential as an alternate aggregate.
Slag is harder and darker than limestone which may provide benefits
such as longer-lasting friction, improved visibility due to greater
contrast with pavement markings, and reduced ice and snow maintenance as it
warms more in the sun.
unique highway improvement projects within Hancock County during 2018:
Hancock County ODOT crews completely
replaced eight culverts: one on state Route 330, two each on state Route 37
and state Route 12, and three on state Route 103. A culvert on state Route
613 was lined by a contractor.
Berm work was completed along U.S. 224 and
state Route 613, 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.
The reconstruction U.S. 68 (Main Street) in the
village of Arlington between Liberty Street and the bridge over Buck Run,
phase one of three to reconstruct the roadway in the village, was completed
by Miller Contracting, Ottoville. The
construction schedule for phase two and three of the project is currently
The project to reconstruct and widen
Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County continued through its
second year. The $114 million project will complete in 2020. For additional
info, click Interstate 75.
unique highway improvement projects within Hardin County during 2018:
The Hardin County maintenance garage replaced
seven culverts throughout the county.
Bridge deck and approach slabs were replaced
on state Route 53 just south of Patterson by Eagle Bridge, Sidney.
unique highway improvement projects within Paulding County during 2018:
Paulding County ODOT crews replaced three
culverts along state Route 49 before repairing and chip sealing the highway
from the village of Payne to the village of Hicksville, for a total of 29
lane miles. Within the county, 12
additional culverts were repaired or replaced and four new catch basins
Berm work was completed along 24 miles of U.S.
127, from the Van Wert County line to state Route 111.
A ditch layover project along a half-mile of
state Route 637 to flatten and reconstruct failed slopes on the west side
of the road was completed by VTF Excavation, Celina.
unique highway improvement projects within Putnam County during 2018:
Putnam County ODOT crews repaired or
replaced ten culverts: one each on state Route 634 and state Route 108; two
on state Route 66; and three each on state Route 613 and state Route 189.
Crews also completed 37 miles of full depth pavement
removal and repair on various routes within the county.
A 550-foot plug pile wall was placed along state
Route 190 and the Auglaize River north of Fort Jennings by Kokosing
Construction Company, Columbus. The
concrete structure contains 91 steel beams, each between 26 and 36 feet
long, that were drilled into bedrock.
The goal of the project is to improve erosion control with minimum
impact on river ecology.
unique highway improvement projects within Van Wert County during 2018:
Van Wert County ODOT crews worked in Paulding,
Van Wert, Putnam and Allen counties spraying growth retardant on the berms
and medians. The vegetation
management practice is cost-effective in that it reduces mowing and minimizes
harm to pollinators.
Crews replaced 12 culverts throughout the
unique highway improvement projects within Wyandot County during 2018:
The Wyandot County ODOT garage replaced or
repaired 13 culverts within the county.
Two median crossovers were removed on U.S.
23/U.S. 30 at county Highway 121 and county Highway 50 as an immediate
response to an ODOT safety study.
Safety recommendations cited high traffic volume in the area and the
number, type and severity of accidents at the intersections. The complete removal of access will be discussed
during a public meeting Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Wyandot County
represents work completed districtwide by ODOT District 1’s own highway forces
and by contractors in 2018:
Resurfaced 285 lane miles of highway
Chipped and sealed 272 lane miles of highway
Repaired 8,341 feet of guardrail
Applied 567 miles of traffic paint
Installed or repaired 8,464 signs
Installed 2,852 feet of culvert pipe
Replaced 68 culverts
Of the 807 bridges within District 1, three
decks were replaced, 162 were repaired, five bridge decks were overlaid and
eight bridge decks were sealed
Contracted crews from Uretek, Tombell,
Texas, injected polyurethane foam to raise bridge approaches and improve
the ride on six structures on U.S. 24 in Defiance County, one on U.S. 30 in
Wyandot County and one on Interstate 75 in Allen County.
accomplishments in 2018:
A new brine system and tanks were installed
at the Defiance County garage. Brine
and deicing tank improvements were made at the Hancock County and Wyandot
County garages and the Carey outpost.
Installation of sidewalks and other
infrastructure improvements were completed in the city of Kenton and village
of Arcadia to improve the safety and ability for students to walk and bike
to school through the Safe Routes to School program.
A quality of work life survey, which is
administered to all employees annually, placed ODOT District 1 in the top
22 percent nationwide of employers. The survey measures the overall health
of the organization in employee satisfaction.
The district hired seven 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. Apprentice positions will be posted in April.
The district welcomed 21 new, full-time
employees who made ODOT their employer of choice. Of those, three began
with ODOT under the apprenticeship program.
The district hired 43 winter seasonal
employees to support the full-time highway maintenance staff during snow and
The Paint the Plow program had a record-matching
year: 21 schools and groups across District 1’s eight counties participated,
the same number as the program’s first year in 2014. Applications for this year’s contest will
be available in February.
The Ohio 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.