ODOT launches 2009 Construction Season for Central Ohio
Drivers on SR 315 urged to Beat the Barrel - Follow the Game Plan
DELAWARE (April 7, 2009) – With $292 million in transportation infrastructure investments planned for Central Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) kicked off its 2009 Construction Season along State Route 315 in Columbus, site of one of the 60 projects to be under construction this summer.
Approximately 70,000 vehicles use SR 315 every day. Starting in mid-June, ODOT will shift both directions of traffic to the southbound lanes to allow for bridge work and three miles of pavement improvements on the northbound lanes, from I-670 to the Ackerman Road exit.
To help drivers navigate this construction zone, ODOT and Brutus, the Ohio State University mascot are urging drivers to Beat the Barrel – Follow the Game Plan. By logging on to www.BuckeyeTraffic.org/315, drivers can get up-to-date information on this $24 million construction project including ramp closures and recommended detours.
“State Route 315 is a link into downtown Columbus, a gateway for thousands of faculty, staff and students of the Ohio State University, and direct route for patients and visitors travelling to the OSU Medical Center,” said Thomas J. Wester, ODOT District 6 Deputy Director. “It is very important for drivers to plan before they go.”
Along with the 61 projects in Central Ohio, ODOT District 6 will also advance ten projects identified for full or partial funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resources.
“All of the projects this season speak to the important transportation needs of our citizens, communities and businesses here in Central Ohio, while creating jobs and positioning our region for long-term economic growth and stability,” said District Deputy Director Wester.
Some of the other notable projects are:
· US Route 23 Bridges in Pickaway County- Nine bridges in five different locations will be improved beginning this summer because of $10 million allocated from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
· Pavement Improvements in all eight counties of District 6- $3 million will be spent to resurface and preserve pavements covering a total of 114 miles of Central Ohio roadway.
· International Gateway at Port Columbus International Airport- By the Thanksgiving holiday, five new bridges will be open to traffic creating a safer and more efficient route from area roadways to the airport.
Central Ohio motorists can keep up-to-date on when construction projects will impact their travels by logging on to www.BuckeyeTraffic.org, ODOT’s 24-hour online source for road and traffic conditions.
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Serving the central Ohio area comprised of Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties, ODOT District 6 is responsible for construction, maintenance, and snow and ice removal on 1,552 bridges and more than 4,300 state, U.S., and interstate highway lane miles.
For more information, contact Nancy Burton at (614) 728-8915 or Brian Hedge at (740) 833-8260.