Investing in Northwest Ohio

ODOT Readies for Stimulus Construction

on Hallett Avenue in Fulton and Lucas

Counties

BOWLING GREEN (Wednesday, August 18, 2010)American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) signs are now installed along Hallett Avenue as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) readies for construction on a $7.9 million dollar investment in Fulton and Lucas counties. 

For this project, ODOT will target stimulus funds to construct a bridge to carry Hallett Avenue over the existing Norfolk Southern Railroad.  This rail line has not only seen increased train traffic, with over 160 trains per day. These trains often travel at speeds up to 79 mph.

Increased traffic on Ohio’s major rail lines can create substantial delays at grade crossings and can create added safety hazards, impact response times for emergency services, and decrease mobility for school buses, freight trucks and motorists. This projects will eliminate the at-grade intersection and allow both rail and roadway traffic to flow consistently and safely
Construction is scheduled to begin in late August and continue through the summer of 2013.  
Work this year will involve intermittent lane restrictions on West Ridge Drive and the closure of the ally between Hallett Avenue and East Lawrence Drive.  Major work begins in April of 2011, with the closure of Hallett Avenue, Brindley Road, Chestnut Street & Broadway Avenue, along the NS Railroad tracks.  Miller Bros. Construction, from Archbold, Ohio will be working on the state’s latest stimulus-funded project.

%3N style="COLOR: black">This week, motorists will notice signs at this construction site, announcing “Putting America to Work: Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”  Similar orange-and-green signs have been erected when work begins at stimulus-funded projects across Ohio. 

As of mid-July, ODOT and its local partners had awarded more than 381 contracts on stimulus-funded transportation construction projects worth more than $871 million. Since the start of the Recovery Act, thousands of Ohioans have earned more than $52 million in paychecks working on these stimulus-funded transportation projects, clocking in more than 1.9 million work hours on the jobsite.

All dates and times are approximate and weather dependent.  For statewide construction and road condition information visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.