Stimulus Project Gets Under Way On Brown-32
Chillicothe (Wednesday, March 24, 2010) – As the Ohio Department of Transportation awards contracts across the state for projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), work begins on the next stimulus-funded project in ODOT District 9.
Preliminary operations got under way today, March 24, on state Route 32 in Brown County, where contractors will be resurfacing 5.8 miles, or 23.2 lane miles, from the Clinton County line to just east of the U.S. Route 68 overpass at Mt. Orab. Construction also includes the rehabilitation and resurfacing the exit ramps from U.S. 68 to S.R. 32.
“With more than $800 million of the $935 million awarded through the ARRA, the majority of Ohio's Recovery Act funds is being invested in the construction, maintenance and repair of our roadways and bridges. This reflects Ohio’s ongoing investment strategy which annually invests 83 percent of all our dollars into Ohio’s roads and bridges,” said District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart.
With the start of this project, motorists will notice new signs at the construction site, recognizing the use of stimulus funds. The signs - which read “Putting America to Work” - are being erected when work begins at all stimulus-funded projects across Ohio.
“More important than the number of projects, though, is the number of paychecks the stimulus investments are helping to write. Since the start of the Recovery Act, Ohio workers on stimulus-funded transportation projects have logged more than 709,000 hours and earned more than $22.5 million in paychecks,” added Brushart.
The John R. Jurgensen Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded a contract for approximately $4.09 million to resurface the route, and throughout construction traffic will be maintained on S.R. 32 in at least one lane in each direction.
Lane restrictions on S.R. 32 are scheduled to be imparted Thursday, March 25, and as part of this project, the exit ramp from U.S. 68 South to S.R. 32 West will be closed for 45 days. The closure is scheduled to go into effect Monday, April 5, and traffic will be detoured via S.R. 286 West to U.S. 50 West to S.R. 133 South to S.R. 32 at Williamsburg.
A complete list of the transportation infrastructure projects prioritized for stimulus funding – with updates on projects which have been authorized by the Federal Highway Administration, contracts which have been awarded, and new employment opportunities – can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
ODOT District 9