ODOT to Invest an Estimated $2.3 Billion in State Transportation System this Year
Officially Launches 2013 Construction Season
 
BOWLING GREEN (Wednesday, April 10, 2013) Your tax dollars will be hard at work as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) launches one of the largest, most aggressive construction seasons to date with projects totaling approximately $2.3 billion. ODOT will begin or continue construction of nearly 1,000 projects statewide including over 70 construction projects in Northwest Ohio.
 
One of the major areas of work that will impact traffic this year in district two is a project that will add a turn lane from northbound state route 25 to eastbound I-475 in Perrysburg, Ohio. 
 
“Investing in our state’s transportation system is vital to our economy and to job creation,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We work hard to establish and maintain an efficient, effective transportation system that gets people and goods where they want to go in a timely and safe manner.”
 
ODOT’s robust construction schedule consists of an impressive 996 projects, which could total as much as $2.3 billion.  ODOT will begin or continue work on 10 mega projects, each totaling more than $50 million.
 
New work will begin late this year on the eastbound Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland, which is the largest, most expensive mega project in Ohio totaling approximately $330 million. That amount also includes the demolition of the current, aging Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland. 
 
Other projects in district two include:
·         Final year of work for the Interstate 475 Widening Project
·         Bridge reconstruction on Interstate 475 over the Ohio Turnpike
·         Reconstruction of the Interstate 475 ramps at Corey and Talmadge Roads
 
Motorists should use caution throughout construction work zones this year.  The top three causes of work zone crashes are: following too closely, failure to control, and improper lane change, all of which can be prevented by safe driving.  For up-to-the-minute road conditions and details on highway construction projects in every area of the state, visit ODOT’s premier website: www.ohgo.com.
 
For a list of all projects in Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Williams and Wood counties, click here.
 
For a list of major projects statewide, click here.