ODOT to Invest an Estimated $2.3 Billion in State Transportation System this Year
Officially Launches 2013 Construction Season
 
MARIETTA (Wednesday, April 10, 2013) Your tax dollars will be hard at work as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) launches one of the largest, most aggressive construction seasons to date with projects totaling approximately $2.3 billion. ODOT will begin or continue construction of nearly 1,000 projects statewide including Ohio’s first-ever double roundabout interchange at US Route 33 and State Route 664 in Hocking County.
 
“Investing in our state’s transportation system is vital to our economy and to job creation,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We work hard to establish and maintain an efficient, effective transportation system that gets people and goods where they want to go in a timely and safe manner.”
 
ODOT’s robust construction schedule consists of an impressive 996 projects, which could total as much as $2.3 billion.  ODOT will begin or continue work on 10 mega projects, each totaling more than $50 million.
 
New work will begin late this year on the eastbound Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland, which is the largest, most expensive mega project in Ohio totaling approximately $330 million. That amount also includes the demolition of the current, aging Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland. 
 
Other projects in District 10 include:
·         The 8.5 mile U.S. 33 Nelsonville Bypass in Athens and Hocking counties – slated to open summer 2013
·         Relocation of SR 821 in Washington County
·         Widening of SR 607 in Morgan County
 
Motorists should use caution throughout construction work zones this year.  The top three causes of work zone crashes are: following too closely, failure to control, and improper lane change, all of which can be prevented by safe driving.  For up-to-the-minute road conditions and details on highway construction projects in every area of the state, visit ODOT’s premier website: www.ohgo.com.
 
For a list of major projects statewide, click here.
 
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For more information, contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us or your local District 10 communications manager David Rose, at 740-568-3904, david.rose@dot.state.oh.us .