ODOT’s Stimulus Investments spurring Construction-Related Jobs
Central Ohio’s First Stimulus Project Underway in Pickaway County
DELAWARE- (Tuesday, July 28, 2009) – Crews will erect American Recovery and Reinvestment signs on U.S. Route 23, signaling the start of construction by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) on nine bridges in Pickaway County. This is the first stimulus-funded construction project for ODOT District 6.
For Complete General Construction of Columbus, the contractor awarded the bid, the project means economic recovery. “Last year, we had to lay-off more employees than ever before,” said Jim George, vice president of Operations. “This construction project in Pickaway County along, with other work, has allowed us to maintain our workforce and rehire almost everyone we had to lay-off in the last year.”
The $9.8 million ODOT project will improve nine bridges that span more than five miles of the U.S. Route 23 corridor in Pickaway County from U.S. 22 to State Route 361. The bridges at Congo Creek and Hargus Creek (in both directions) and the Bridge at Scippo Creek on U.S. 23 south will all get new bridge decks. The decks (in both directions) at the Norfolk & Southern Railroad Bridge will be repaired and the bridges will be painted.
Built in 1957, the U.S. Route 22 Bridge over U.S. Route 23 will be torn down and reconstructed. Crews will also reconfigure the ramps, repair the retaining wall and widen the shoulder.
A picture of each bridge, along with details on the work for that structure is available below and by clicking here:
US 23 northbound over Congo Creek - Deck Replacement
US 23 southbound over Congo Creek - Deck Replacement
US 23 northbound over Scippo Creek - Deck Replacement
US 23 southbound over Scippo Creek - Deck Replacement
US 23 northbound over the Norfolk Southern Railroad - Minor Maintenance and Painting
US 23 southbound over the Norfolk Southern Railroad - Minor Maintenance and Painting
US 23 over US 22 - Deck Replacement
US 23 northbound over Hargus Creek - Deck Replacement
US 23 southbound over Hargus Creek - Deck Replacement
One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times on U.S. 23 during construction this year and next. At this end of the construction season this year, traffic will resume on two lanes in each direction.
This stimulus-funded project is set to be completed fall 2010. An average of 27,000 vehicles travel the U.S. 23 corridor in Pickaway County every day.