ODOT Opens New Full-Service Maintenance Facility
Highland County Crews Relocate To New Home In Hillsboro
Chillicothe (Wednesday, November 19, 2014) – With construction finished and the move nearly complete, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in Highland County have a new highway maintenance facility to call home.
“We have been working to construct a new complex for Highland County for some time, and this facility will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our crews’ daily operations,” said District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
To commemorate this important project, Wilson and other ODOT representatives were joined by the contractors, local officials and members of the general public to celebrate with a ribbon cutting and open house today, November 19.
During the open house, guests were able to tour the new facility, which is located on East Main Street and across the street from the department’s old facility in Hillsboro. Construction of the new maintenance facility across the from the former garage, though, came about due to a unique partnership with the Highland County Commissioners and Engineer.
While a majority of the 32-acre site was purchased from a private property owner, the remainder of the land was acquired through a trade with the commissioners, whereby ODOT acquired two parcels and a building occupied by the Highland County Engineer’s Office and, in turn, ODOT gave its old maintenance facility to the county engineer.
At a total cost of approximately $7 million, the new complex includes a 22,000-square foot truck storage building and a 10,353-square foot office and maintenance building with advanced technical and electronic systems. The site also houses a 5,124-square foot cold storage building, salt and materials storage buildings, and fuel storage.
The contractor for the project was DER Development Company of Milford, Ohio, and construction took approximately 10 months to complete.
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