ODOT construction season kicks off with focus on improving economy
Chillicothe (Tuesday, March 17, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation has launched a $2.4 billion investment in transportation construction, which will include the state’s first ever public-private partnership. It’s all part of Gov. John R. Kasich’s Jobs and Transportation Plan, which is in its third year to advance some of the state’s largest projects.
The state’s first ever public-private partnership – or P3 – begins construction in Scioto County this spring. The Portsmouth Gateway Group is set to build a $429 million, 16-mile highway that will be the state’s largest, modern earthwork project to date. The Portsmouth Bypass is a four-lane limited access highway from U.S. Route 23 north of Lucasville to U.S. Route 52 near Sciotoville. It is designed to complete the missing link of the Appalachian Highway System in Ohio and fuel economic development in the region.
“New interchanges and wider roads are the focus of this year’s construction season,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “While our number one priority is to maintain what we already have, this year’s projects place a strong emphasis on improving the economy, safety, and overall quality of life in Ohio.”
Highlights of ODOT’s construction program include:
297 bridge and culvert projects totaling $398 million
278 pavement projects totaling $523 million
219 safety projects totaling $250 million
38 major construction projects totaling more than $1 billion
81 county bridge replacements through Gov. Kasich’s Bridge Partnership Program
Apart from the Portsmouth Bypass, ODOT District 9 will undertake 88 projects that will improve, maintain and enhance the transportation system of the eight-county region. Included in its $125 million program, the district will engage in 20 projects with county engineers, including seven under the OBPP; four with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; and three with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to construct new maintenance facilities in Adams, Brown and Ross counties.
And in addition to the Portsmouth Bypass, some of the more prominent projects in District 9 that support the state’s mission and are designed to help the area’s residents and businesses include:
The Lake White rehabilitation on S.R. 104 in Pike County, which has ODOT partnering with ODNR to overhaul and reconstruct the bridge, the spillway, the intersections and the dam at Lake White.
The Hobart/Carl Smith Drive extension project from U.S. 62 to S.R. 73 in Highland County.
The Ironton-Russell Bridge replacement over the Ohio River from Ironton, Ohio to Russell, Kentucky.
As a reminder, this is the second construction season Ohio’s Move Over Law extends to construction and utility vehicles, as well as law enforcement, safety and towing vehicles. It requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane — or slow down if changing lanes is not possible — when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road. When driving through work zones, motorists can increase safety by staying alert and giving your full attention to the road, following all posted signs and flagger instructions, and not tailgating.
For more information, contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834, toll free in Ohio, or 1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio