ODOT readies for Stimulus Construction in Holmes County
Drivers to see Historic Roadway Signs Soon
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, March 25, 2010) – American Recovery and Reinvestment signs will go up next week as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) readies to begin construction on a $2.49 million investment in Holmes County – $241,000 of which was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or the Federal Infrastructure Stimulus.
Altogether, about 13 miles of pavement on four different state routes will be upgraded, including base repairs and asphalt resurfacing.
The historic signs, which read, Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be installed Thursday morning, April 1st, along U.S. Route 62 and State Route 39 near the village of Millersburg’s corporation limits. These signs are being located along Ohio’s roadways, interstates and bridges where work is underway on improvement projects funded with stimulus dollars.
This project includes over a mile of resurfacing on U.S. 62 in Millersburg from the bridge near Pizza Hut to the bridge near the Red Head Station and from the junction of SR 39 to Monroe Street, over five miles of SR 39 from the junction of U.S. 62/SR 83 to the junction of SR 754 and SR 60, and over six miles of SR 179 and SR 226 in the northwestern part of the county. SR 179 will be resurfaced from the junction of SR 3 near the Ashland County line to SR 226, and SR 226 will be resurfaced from SR 179 to the Wayne County line.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "These investments are putting Ohioans back to work and transforming our transportation system for generations to come. By making this investment, these pavements will be extended by 10 to 12 years."
Traffic will be maintained with flaggers on all routes. ODOT’s contractor for this project, Melway Paving, Co. Inc., from Holmesville, Ohio, expects to begin physical work in mid to late April. The completion date is July 31, 2010.
Since the start of the Recovery Act, Ohio workers on stimulus-funded transportation projects have logged more than 709,000 hours and earned more than $22.5 million in paychecks. Melway Paving, Co. Inc. estimates that about 4,000 labor hours will be spent on this project in Holmes County alone.
To date, ODOT and its local partners have awarded contracts on 227 different construction projects worth more than $596 million (of which $493 million are stimulus funds).
An up-to-date list of the transportation infrastructure projects receiving stimulus funding – with updates on projects approved, contracts awarded, and new employment opportunities – can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.