ODOT to begin more stimulus construction in eastern Ohio
Signal work to get underway at Powhatan Point intersection in Belmont County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Friday, June 25, 2010) – American Recovery and Reinvestment signs will go up next Tuesday, June 29th, as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) readies to begin construction on a $106,399 investment in eastern Ohio.
ODOT District 11 will be investing transportation stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in the village of Powhatan Point by installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of State Route 7 and State Route 148.
The historic roadway signs, which read, Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are being installed 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, "Investing in safety improvements like this traffic signal is an example of investing where it really counts. It enhances the roadway system’s capacity and integrates transportation safety improvements that impact the public while providing a safer crossroads and means for eastern Ohio’s coal industry to get their product to market."
Traffic impacts will be minimal with this work.
ODOT’s contractor for this project, Cornerstone Electric Inc., from Salem, Ohio, expects to complete work by September.
As of the June 1st, ODOT and its local partners have awarded contracts on more than 368 stimulus-funded transportation construction projects worth more than $799 million. Just as important as the number of projects is the number of paychecks these stimulus investments are helping to write. Since the start of the Recovery Act, workers on stimulus-funded transportation projects have clocked more than a million work hours on these jobs and have earned more than $33 million in paychecks. ODOT expects that number to more than double by the end of this summer.
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.