ODOT to Invest an Estimated $2.3 Billion in State Transportation System this Year
Officially Launches 2013 Construction Season
Chillicothe (Thursday, April 12, 2013) – Your tax dollars will be hard at work as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) launches one of the largest, most aggressive construction seasons to date with projects totaling approximately $2.3 billion.
“Investing in our state’s transportation system is vital to our economy and to job creation,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We work hard to establish and maintain an efficient, effective transportation system that gets people and goods where they want to go in a timely and safe manner.”
Statewide, ODOT’s robust construction schedule consists of an impressive 996 projects, which could total as much as $2.3 billion, and as part of this year’s construction season, ODOT District 9’s program will consist of 65 projects with an estimated cost of $64 million to be awarded and constructed through FY2013 and the first quarter of FY2014.
Along with the Ironton-Russell Bridge project, District 9’s construction department will also undertake
· A $1.6 million resurfacing on S.R. 125 in Adams County;
· A $1.1 million resurfacing project on S.R. 131 in Brown County;
· A $1.1 million resurfacing on S.R. 136 and S.R. 286 in Highland County;
· A $2 million slide repair on U.S. 35 in Jackson County;
· A $3.8 million resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation on U.S. 23 in Ross and Pike counties;
· A $3.2 million resurfacing project on S.R. 140 in Lawrence and Scioto counties; and
· A $12 million resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation on U.S. 52 in Scioto County.
Of course, with so many highway improvements taking place across the region, orange barrels will soon become a familiar sight, and ODOT also reminds motorists to take heed, don’t speed, give work zones your undivided attention and remember, We’re all in this together.
“At all times, it is important that motorists use caution when traveling in work zones,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “We do all we can to ensure the safety of our workers and the motoring public, but to see a real reduction in work zone crashes, certain driver behaviors need to change.”
Motorists should use caution whenever traveling in construction or maintenance work zones. The top three causes of work zone crashes are following too closely, failure to control and improper lane change, all of which can be prevented by safe driving.
For up-to-the-minute road conditions and details on highway construction projects in every area of the state, visit ODOT’s premier website: www.ohgo.com, and for a complete listing of projects in ODOT District 9, click this link.
For more information, contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer, ODOT District 9 at 740-774-8834 or firstname.lastname@example.org