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ODOT kicks off $2.5 Billion Construction Season
Improving for today…connecting to tomorrow

Chillicothe – Highlighted by nearly 1,000 different construction projects all across Ohio and a total investment by the state of $2.5 billion, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has officially kicked off its historic 2008-2009 Construction Season.

“Over the next year and a half, ODOT plans to oversee $2.5 billion in construction contract awards – the largest amount ever awarded in that time frame,” said Director James Beasley. “We are investing in what truly matters to Ohio, targeting the state’s resources at our greatest needs and our greatest opportunities.”

Of the department’s total statewide budget, more than $90 million will be spent in District 9 to fund 71 projects that are scheduled to be sold and/or constructed during the upcoming construction season.

“The list of projects this year emphasizes preserving the state’s transportation infrastructure while continuing to build upon the partnerships we have with our local governments and communities,” said District 9 Deputy Director James A. Brushart.

“Of the many construction projects planned for the district’s highway system, we have 19 projects that are being coordinated with some of the area’s county engineers for their county and township routes,” added Brushart.

Topping the District 9 list are 48 preservation projects which include 25 resurfacings and 22 bridge replacements or rehabilitations. Other highlights of the 2008-2009 construction season include:

  • A four-lane resurfacing project on U.S. Route 52 in Lawrence County;
  • A turn-lane addition and widening project on S.R. 93 in Jackson County;
  • A rehabilitation project on the Ironton-Russell Bridge in Lawrence County; and
  • An intersection improvement project in Ripley in Brown County.

A complete list of projects on tap in District 9 is available in the 2008 Construction Season Manual via the department’s web site at www.dot.state.oh.us/dist9. Throughout the year, up-todate construction information across the state can be found at www.buckeyetraffic.org, and ODOT is also distributing its 2008 Interstate Construction Brochure, a useful tool to help motorists plan ahead for local and statewide travel.

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For more information, contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer Ohio

Department of Transportation – District 9

1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio

1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio