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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT TWO OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
317 East Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43223
http://www.dot.state.oh.us

ODOT AWARDS I-280 "TRENCH" PROJECT

BOWLING GREEN (September 4, 2008) – The Ohio Department of Transportation District Two today announces the award of the I-280 Trench Project. This is the final contract of the I-280 Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, single largest project in ODOT history.

Posen Construction Inc. of Shelby Township, MI, has been awarded the contract that will fill in over five hundred thousand cubic yards of dirt below the cable stay bridge.

The project bid was $21,245,747.53 or 28.04% lower than the engineer’s estimate of $29,525,000.00. Work will begin in October and the project’s completion date is late fall 2010.

In addition to filling the existing I-280 trench, Front and Summit Streets in Toledo will be realigned to intersect with the Craig Bridge. This construction will also require the closure of the Craig Bridge (SR 65) for 240 days.

Under Governor Strickland, Ohio’s Transportation policy focuses on becoming a reliable partner with local communities. Now that the main span of the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway is open to traffic, work will focus on reconnecting the neighborhoods below by reconfiguring local streets and adding pedestrian and bike paths.

District Two Deputy Director David Dysard said of the project, "The construction below the bridge is just as important as the building of the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway. In addition to linking historical Toledo neighborhoods, the area will host Tribute Park, saluting those who sacrificed and labored to make the dream of this Northwest Ohio landmark a reality."

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For more information contact: Theresa Pollick, District Two Office of Communications
at 419-373-4428