ODOT to Invest an Estimated $2.3 Billion in State Transportation System this Year
Officially Launches 2013 Construction Season
NEW PHILAELPHIA, OHIO (Wednesday, April 10, 2013) – Your tax dollars will be hard at work as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) launches one of the largest, most aggressive construction seasons to date with projects totaling approximately $2.3 billion. ODOT will begin or continue construction of nearly 1,000 projects statewide, including 78 right here in eastern Ohio. Twenty-six of those are resurfacing projects slated to improve 185 miles of roads in District 11’s seven-county region.
“Investing in our state’s transportation system is vital to our economy and to job creation,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We work hard to establish and maintain an efficient, effective transportation system that gets people and goods where they want to go in a timely and safe manner.”
ODOT’s robust construction schedule consists of an impressive 996 projects, which could total as much as $2.3 billion. ODOT will begin or continue work on 10 mega projects, each totaling more than $50 million.
New work will begin late this year on the eastbound Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland, which is the largest, most expensive mega project in Ohio, totaling approximately $330 million. That amount also includes the demolition of the current, aging Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland.
Major projects in District 11 include:
· 11 miles of resurfacing on I-77 in Tuscarawas County, totaling almost $13 million and including a four mile section from the Guernsey County line to just south of Newcomerstown and about seven miles from New Philadelphia to Strasburg
· Resurfacing 14 miles of SR 7 in Columbiana County from SR 267 to just south of Columbiana, costing about $3.7 million
· Resurfacing just over 11 miles of U.S. 250 in Harrison County from the Tappan Lake dam to Cadiz, skipping the newer concrete section, estimated to cost about $3.7 million
· Resurfacing just over eight miles of SR 39 in Holmes County from U.S. 62 at Berlin to Sugarcreek, estimated to cost $3.5 million
· I-70 interchange work and bridge replacements at SR 9 in St. Clairsville, costing over $9.6 million and scheduled to take two years to complete
· Work also continues on the $22 million landslide repair project at Rush Run in Jefferson County
Motorists should use caution throughout construction work zones this year. The top three causes of work zone crashes are: following too closely, failure to control, and improper lane change – all of which can be prevented by safe driving.
For up-to-the-minute road conditions and details on highway construction projects in every area of the state, visit ODOT’s premier Web site: www.ohgo.com. For a list of major projects statewide, click here.
For more information, contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, firstname.lastname@example.org or your local district communications office.