ODOT construction season kicks off with focus on improving economy
COLUMBUS (Monday, March 16, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today is launching a $2.4 billion investment in transportation construction, which will include the state’s first ever public-private partnership. It’s all part of Gov. John R. Kasich’s Jobs and Transportation Plan, which is in its third year, to advance some of the state’s largest projects.
ODOT’s 2015 construction season includes a state record 990 projects – up 50 from last year.
The state’s first ever public-private partnership – or P3 – begins construction in Scioto County this spring. The Portsmouth Gateway Group is set to build a $429 million, 16-mile highway that will be the state’s largest, modern earthwork project to date. The Portsmouth Bypass is a four-lane limited access highway from U.S. Route 23 north of Lucasville to U.S. Route 52 near Sciotoville. It is designed to complete the missing link of the Appalachian Highway System in Ohio and fuel economic development in the region.
“New interchanges and wider roads are the focus of this year’s construction season,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “While our number one priority is to maintain what we already have, this year’s projects place a strong emphasis on improving the economy, safety, and overall quality of life in Ohio.”
Highlights of ODOT’s construction program include:
297 bridge and culvert projects totaling $398 million
278 pavement projects totaling $523 million
219 safety projects totaling $250 million
38 major construction projects totaling more than $1 billion
81 county or municipal bridge replacements through Gov. Kasich’s Bridge Partnership Program
Projects designed to help the residents and businesses of eastern Ohio include:
Reconstruction of the Interstate 70/State Route 149 Morristown Interchange in Belmont County to include signals and widening at the westbound exit ramp
Reconstruction of SR 7 at the I-470 ramp intersection also in Belmont County to include signals
Widening U.S. Route 62 through Berlin in Holmes County
Widening and signal installation at the U.S. 250/I-77 Strasburg Interchange in Tuscarawas County
As a reminder, this is the second construction season Ohio’s Move Over Law extends to construction and utility vehicles, as well as law enforcement, safety and towing vehicles. It requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane — or slow down if changing lanes is not possible — when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road.
When driving through work zones, motorists can increase safety by staying alert and giving your full attention to the road, following all posted signs and flagger instructions, and not tailgating.