ODOT and Honda Open Railroad Crossing Bridge
Public - Private Partnership at Work
Delaware (October 3, 2008)—The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Honda of American Mfg., Inc. officially opened a new railroad crossing bridge today that promotes safety and eases congestion on State Route 739 in Union County. The new roadway balances the movement of people and freight, better links the community to the region, and benefits the state of Ohio by creating business opportunities beyond our borders.
§ Federal standards on blocking roadways allow rail cars transporting vehicles to move in and out of the Honda plant only three times a day.
§ Honda needed the ability to move these rail cars more often in order to get vehicles to market.
§ Honda and ODOT worked together and figured out that the best way to serve the community, the motoring public, emergency vehicles and Honda was to build an overpass for vehicular traffic.
§ Through this public-private partnership between Honda and ODOT, the project was built quickly; about two and a half years from the start of design to completion.
§ The railroad bridge crossing balances the movement of people and freight, promotes safety and reduces congestion.
§ The contractor for the railroad crossing bridge was ES Wagner and Woolpert was the designer.
§ Last year, Honda built over 701,000 cars and light trucks here in Ohio.
§ Honda employs more than 15,000 people in Ohio at its various operations.
§ The railroad crossing bridge, which cost $7 million, was funded entirely by the automaker.
§ Construction took just 10 months.
§ The railroad crossing bridge used 140,400 yards of concrete pavement;185, 000 cubic yards of dirt to support the sides of the bridge; and 10,500 feet of cast reinforced concrete piles to support the bridge.
To seamlessly link Ohio’s highways, railways, transit, aviation and port facilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will promote a world-class, integrated multi-modal transportation system that is cost-efficient, effective and reliable for all of the state’s citizens, businesses and travelers.
For more information contact Nancy Burton, ODOT Communications (614)-728-8915 or Ron Lietzke, Honda (937) 644-6627