Stimulus Project Set To Begin On Jackson-32
Chillicothe - 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 fifth stimulus-funded project in ODOT District 9.
Construction is set to begin on state Route 32 in Jackson County, where contractors will be rehabilitating 12 bridges and resurfacing nearly 10 miles of the route between County Road 22 (Cove Road), and Township Road 259 (Cutlip Road) during the next two construction seasons.
“In transforming our transportation system, Ohio is making historic levels of investment across the state, and these investments are putting people back to work, which means jobs for Ohioans,” 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.
Shelly and Sands, of Zanesville, Ohio, was awarded a contract for nearly $8.8 million to resurface and rehabilitate S.R. 32, and throughout construction traffic will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction; a reduced speed limit will also be in effect.
Transportation Stimulus Investments At Work
District 9’s other stimulus projects include the Ross-104 Widening project, a bridge replacement project on U.S. 52 in Scioto County, a culvert replacement project on S.R. 217 in Lawrence County, and a resurfacing project on U.S. 62 in Highland County.
Across Ohio, ODOT has identified more than 200 projects in which to invest $774.2 million in transportation infrastructure stimulus funds - a combination of interstate, highway, local roadway, railroad, water port, airport, pedestrian and transportation enhancement projects.
Combined with the transportation infrastructure contracts awarded so far using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ODOT has awarded more than $374.2 million for construction work on 110 projects - a combination of interstate, local roadway and bridge modernization projects.
For the month of July alone, these investments by the state lead to the retention and creation of 1,138 direct jobs on stimulus-funded transportation construction projects, with workers clocking in more than 42,000 hours in labor and a total payroll of nearly $1.5 million.
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 Further Information, Contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, outside Ohio