ODOT Welcomes Start Of Pike County Interchange Project
Project part of long-term strategic planning for PCMC
Chillicothe (Friday, May 21, 2010) B Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 Deputy Director James A. Brushart has announced that construction for an interchange modification project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is slated to begin this month in Pike County.
According to Brushart, contractors for ODOT will be improving the cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 23 and the exit for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Reservation, south of Piketon. Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, May 24, and the ramps from U.S. 23 to the DOE facility will be closed to all traffic.
“While the current interchange provides access only to the east side of U.S. 23 and the DOE facility, this project will modify the direction of traffic, providing access to the west side and into the Pike County Manufacturing Center (PCMC),” said Brushart. “It is our hope that such a modification will precipitate a surge in industrial and commercial traffic and promote multi-modal connectivity while addressing potential safety issues related to any increased traffic in the area.”
With the start of this project, motorists will notice new signs at the construction site, recognizing the use of ARRA funds. The signs - which read “Putting America to Work” - are being erected when work begins at all stimulus-funded projects across Ohio.
“In transforming our transportation system, Ohio is making historic levels of investment across the state,” added Brushart. “As of the end of April, ODOT and its local partners have awarded contracts on more than 335 different stimulus-funded transportation construction projects worth more than $882 million.”
So far, 71 stimulus projects have been completed on Ohio's roadways and bridges, providing safer travel for Ohio's citizens and businesses. But just as important as the number of projects, though, is the number of paychecks these stimulus investments are helping to write. Since the start of the Recovery Act, workers on stimulus-funded transportation projects have logged more than 812,000 hours and earned $27 million in paychecks.
Shelly and Sands, Incorporated, of Zanesville, Ohio, was awarded a contract for nearly $1.39 million to complete the interchange modification project, and throughout construction, mainline traffic on U.S. Route 23 will be maintained at all times. While the ramps to the DOE are closed, motorists will be detoured via state Route 32 and County Road 58 (Shyville Road).
The scheduled completion date for all work is October 31, 2010.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer