ODOT Kicks Off Busy 2012 Construction Season
District 9 Launches Largest Construction Season In District History
Chillicothe (Tuesday, April 10, 2012) – With several road projects already under way, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officially launches its 2012 road construction season, announcing approximately 800 transportation preservation projects throughout the Buckeye State.
“We sometimes forget how a well-maintained transportation system supports the state’s overall economy,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “With more than $438 billion in goods shipped annually by trucks – the third largest of any state – a reliable transportation system is not only the lifeblood of Ohio businesses but also the catalyst for future expansion and job creation.”
With a total cost of $1.8 billion, the 800 preservation projects include resurfacing 3,700 miles of interstate and state routes as well as repairs, upgrades, improvements and maintenance to hundreds of bridges, culverts, guardrails, interchanges and hillsides. Currently, ODOT maintains and preserves nearly 50,000 lane miles of interstates and highways – enough to make two trips around Earth.
And from projects that address safety needs to improving maintenance facilities in the some of the district’s counties, ODOT District 9 will launch its largest construction season in district history. With more than 90 projects to be awarded through the calendar year, District 9 will boast a budget of nearly $167 million dollars through the first half of Fiscal Year 2013.
Key to this year’s construction program are projects like the intersection improvement at state Route 73 and County Road 18H (Jaybird Road) in Adams County. The $754,673 improvement project will realign the intersection of these two roads and add a left-turn lane, thereby improving safety and the transportation of goods for those traveling onto Jaybird Road.
“This project serves as a terrific example of ODOT’s objective to build projects that not only improve safety but also enhance capacity,” said District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “Along with ODOT’s Office of Jobs and Commerce, we are tremendously pleased with the partnership we have formed with the Adams County Commissioners, the County Engineer and GE Aviation to have a project that does both.”
“This is an exciting time for ODOT and the Office of Jobs and Commerce, and working with business and community leaders, we are able to leverage funding sources to help develop and move forward projects that will benefit not only a region, but also the state and the nation,” said Glenda Bumgarner, Deputy Director of ODOT’s Office of Jobs and Commerce.
Providing outreach and responding to business issues related to transportation funding in Ohio, ODOT’s Office of Jobs and Commerce works with the Ohio Department of Development to identify transportation issues and offer recommendations that encourage businesses to use the state’s existing transportation infrastructure and multiple resources.
Currently, ODOT is working with the Adams County Commissioners on the development of a separate realignment project to eliminate the “S” curve on Jaybird Bird, and through the Office of Jobs and Commerce, the project has garnered funding for right of way.
In addition to the S.R. 73/Jaybird Road realignment, ODOT District 9 will undertake three other safety-specific projects during this year’s construction season, as well as 43 maintenance and 35 preservation projects, including a $3.8 million resurfacing project that is already under way on S.R. 32 in Adams County. And District 9 will be home to the single largest project to be awarded in the state this year: the $81.3 million Ironton-Russell Bridge replacement in Lawrence County.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, ODOT is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio