Work Under Way on First Transportation Stimulus Project in Ross County
ODOT marks start of Construction on State Route 104 in Chillicothe
CHILLICOTHE (Friday, July 17, 2009) - Work is under way on the first stimulus-funded project in Ross County, part of the $1.2 billion in transportation stimulus funds directed to Ohio through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) joined local community leaders in Chillicothe to celebrate the start of work on this $10.6 million investment to widen and modernize state Route 104 from the city’s northern corporation limit to the newly-constructed state Route 207 connector.
“In Ross County, recovery starts here,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director James A. Brushart at the ceremonial groundbreaking near Camp Sherman Memorial Park, where crews will begin the two-year construction project to convert three miles of two-lane roadway to four lanes.
“When completed next fall, this modernized section of state Route 104 will provide improved access and safety to the city of Chillicothe for motorists and businesses who travel the area’s busy west and northwest side,” said Mr. Brushart. “More importantly, these investments are keeping Ohioans working. The orange barrels you see at construction zones across this state represent jobs being created and retained by hard-working Ohioans.”
Serving several businesses, institutions and industries that employ approximately 3,000 workers along the corridor, this section of State Route 104 is used by more than 18,000 motorists each day. In addition to widening the roadway, this project will reroute Pleasant Valley Road, upgrade the entrances to the two state prisons located on the route, and add traffic signals at two intersections: one will serve Moundsville Road, a main artery for the Union Scioto Schools; the other will serve the Gateway Industrial Park.
Funding for this project includes an investment of $6.5 million in stimulus funds.
With the start of this project, motorists will also notice new signs at this 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.
ODOT has identified more than 200 projects across Ohio 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.
To date, ODOT has awarded nearly $128 million in contracts for work on 59 stimulus funded projects. By the end of the month, ODOT will award an additional 19 projects, worth another $36 million of construction. This means jobs for Ohioans: as contracts are awarded, construction companies mobilize workers. Jobs are also being created and retained by the firms that provide materials and equipment used in construction.
For more information, contact Scott Varner, Central Office Communications, at (614) 644-8640
or Kathleen Fuller, ODOT District 9 Public Information, at (740) 774-8834.