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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

District 10 • 338 Muskingum Drive • Marietta, OH 45750 • http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Districts/D10

 

ODOT Embarks on Historic 2009 Construction Season

State invests $1.9 billion in construction projects in every region of the state

Marietta (April 7, 2009) Embarking on the largest investment in Ohio’s transportation system in state history, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is officially kicking off its 2009 Construction Season, highlighted by multi-modal investments across Ohio and more than 650 roadway and bridge projects in each region of the state.

With a total investment of more than $1.9 billion in construction projects, ODOT’s 2009 Construction Season includes at least 36 interstate projects, 125 bridge projects, and dozens of multi-modal investments - ranging from improvements on railroads, at airports, and along our waterways.

At least 65 additional transportation infrastructure projects - impacting highways, bridges, railroads, airports, and shipyards - will also get underway this season, funded in-full or in-part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"The 2009 construction season will be the first of two years of historic investment in Ohio’s transportation system, as we leverage state resources with federal transportation funds and stimulus dollars," said ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris. "As more of the stimulus-funded projects are made ready for construction both this year and next, we will put thousands of Ohioans to work maintaining and modernizing roads and bridges, building railroad, maritime, and airport infrastructure, and creating enhancement and streetscape projects."

Some of the major roadway projects this season are:

§ US Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass: The three-phase $200 million bypass will redirect the existing two-lane US Route 33 around Nelsonville to become a safer four-lane route. Phase one is currently under construction. With $150 million in stimulus money, phases two and three have been prioritized to be completed by 2012.

§ Cleveland Innerbelt Bridge Safety Plan: Under an aggressive timeline, this $10 million structural steel repair project will allow full traffic to resume on the Interstate 90 Innerbelt Bridge into downtown Cleveland as early as the winter of 2009.

§ Dayton/Cincinnati Interstate 75 Lane Addition: To accommodate growing business development between Dayton and Cincinnati, this $144 million project will include major reconstruction and construction of an additional lane in each direction of I-75 from the Warren/Montgomery county line to State Route 122.

§ Columbus State Route 315 Resurfacing: With an investment of $24 million, ODOT will upgrade SR 315 with several bridge maintenance and resurfacing projects for three miles on SR 315 from I-670 to Ackerman Road, near the Ohio State University.

§ Toledo Interstate 75/Disalle Bridge Repair: Motorists can expect intermittent lane restrictions in both directions of I-75 during this $10.2 million project to update the Disalle Bridge crossing the Maumee River.

§ Akron State Route 8 Modernization: With an investment of $260 million, SR 8 will be reconstructed and modernized from Akron to the Cuyahoga County line, including the elimination of stop-and-go traffic along this interstate look-a-like. As a catalyst for economic development investments, the project will also serve a new hospital and a relocated courthouse. Reconstruction at the Ohio Turnpike interchange also borders the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the Metro Park's Bike Trail.

§ Northeast Ohio State Route 2 Modernization: This $86 million project will modernize SR 2 including additional lanes and a new ramp between SR 91 and Newell Creek/SR 306 in Eastlake, Willoughby and Mentor.

§ Port Columbus International Gateway: By the Thanksgiving holiday, crews are expected to complete this $30 million project to build five new bridges, creating a safer and more efficient route to the airport.

"This year’s construction projects where designed to create a more viable link between Appalachia and the rest of Ohio," said Larry Woodford, ODOT’s District 10 Deputy Director. "These projects provide the needed infrastructure to our communities while creating jobs and positioning southeastern Ohio for long-term growth and stability."

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ODOT was allocated $774 million in transportation stimulus funds, which will be invested in 149 transportation projects. Approximately 65 "shovel ready" infrastructure projects will get underway this season, with an investment of more than $340 million in stimulus funds. Combined, the stimulus resources and ODOT’s planned construction spending will total more than $2.8 billion over the next 15 months (through the 2010 State Fiscal Year).

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To seamlessly link Ohio’s highways, railways, transit, aviation and port facilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will promote a world-class, integrated multi-modal transportation system that is cost-efficient, effective and reliable for all of the state’s citizens, businesses and travelers. ODOT District 10 serves Ohio’s multi-modal transportation needs in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton & Washington Counties.

For more information contact David Rose at (740) 568-3904, ODOT District 10 Communications Office. Up-to-date traffic and construction information can be found online 24 hours a day at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org