OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS – 2201 Reiser Ave. SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
ODOT District 11 Kicks Off $92 Million Construction Season
Improving for Today… Connecting to Tomorrow
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (April 8, 2008) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 officially kicked off the 2008 Construction Season today, highlighted by over 70 different construction projects across east-central Ohio, with a total investment by the state of $92 million.
“Over the next year and a half, ODOT plans to oversee $2.5 billion in construction contracts – almost $161 million of that amount will be awarded in east-central Ohio,” said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Richard Bible. “We are investing in what truly matters to Ohio, targeting the state’s resources at our greatest needs and our greatest opportunities.”
Topping the district’s list of construction projects this year are: 12 resurfacing projects, including 73 miles of pavement preservation; 13 bridge and culvert replacement projects, including 23 structures; four congestion and safety improvement projects; and two major roadway realignment or relocation projects.
Other highlights of the 2008 District 11 construction season include:
- Over three miles of resurfacing on Interstate 70 in Belmont County from just east of the Morristown/State Route 149 Exit to just east of the State Route 331 Exit or west of St. Clairsville. This project is expected to cost about $3.6 million.
- Also to begin this summer in Belmont County is the two mile, major relocation of State Route 149 from the intersection of State Route 147 near Bellaire westward. This project is estimated to cost $5.6 million and take two years to complete.
- Work will be completed this year on the State Route 170 major widening project in Calcutta, Columbiana County. The $7.4 million project began last spring to reconstruct and widen the roadway from just west of County Road 447 to just south of County Road 430 in order to alleviate congestion and improve safety.
- Almost 35 miles of pavement will be resurfaced this year in Columbiana County, totaling over $11 million.
- Work will also begin this summer to improve safety at the intersection of State Route 39, State Route 60, and State Route 754 near West Holmes High School in Holmes County. The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million.
- And, work is underway to improve safety and reduce congestion from the Interstate 77 Interchange at Dover in Tuscarawas County to Renner Road. This project totals approximately $6.3 million and will take two years to complete.
In addition to showcasing the state’s largest and more unique projects, the department also spotlighted its efforts to increase safety in work zones. ODOT joined the national campaign this week to encourage motorists to “Slow for the Cone Zone,” in observation of National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.
In 2007, Ohio’s highways saw 5,418 work zone crashes – more than 1,860 people were injured in work zone related crashes, and 14 people lost their lives. Bible said, “This event gives us the opportunity to remind motorists to slow down and pay attention when traveling through work zones this year.”
Up-to-date information about the 2008 construction season can be found at www.buckeyetraffic.org. ODOT is also distributing its 2008 Interstate Construction Brochure, a useful tool to help motorists plan ahead for local and statewide travel.
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty (District Communications Office) at 330-308-3949
or Scott Varner (Central Office Communications) at 614-644-8640.