ODOT to begin more stimulus construction in Belmont County
Railroad warning gates on State Route 148 will be temporarily removed for bridge project near Powhatan Point
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, March 31, 2010) – American Recovery and Reinvestment signs are going up today as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) readies to begin construction on a $959,984 investment in Belmont County.
ODOT District 11 will be investing transportation stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Belmont County by replacing the State Route 148 bridge deck located about a mile west of SR 7 near Steinersville.
The historic roadway signs, which read, Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are being located along Ohio’s roadways, interstates and bridges where work is underway on improvement projects funded with stimulus dollars.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "These investments are putting Ohioans to work and transforming our transportation system for generations to come. This steel beam bridge was built in 1959; by installing a new deck, we're adding about 35 years to its life expectancy."
The warning gates at the rail grade crossing on SR 148 near Powhatan Point will be temporarily removed Monday, April 19th, to allow for maintenance of traffic on the nearby bridge project. The warning gates at the rail grade crossing are being removed to ensure the safety of motorists stopped within the work zone.
One-lane for two-way traffic will be maintained on SR 148 during construction with temporary traffic signals and will be coordinated with the rail grade flashers. In addition, ODOT's contractor, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co., from Powhatan Point, Ohio, will provide a flagger to stop vehicle traffic from crossing the tracks when the railroad flashing signal is activated.
Once the gates are removed, the contractor will have only 70 days to complete the project, reopen both lanes of SR 148 to traffic, and re-erect the rail grade crossing gates. The completion date is July 15, 2010.
As of March, 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.