OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2009
ODOT to Begin Stimulus Construction in Harrison County Next Week
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 will begin investing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's transportation stimulus dollars in Harrison County next Monday, July 6th, by removing three existing but no longer needed bridges on U.S. Route 22, saving the state millions of dollars over the next 35 years.
ODOT's contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc., from Zanesville, Ohio, will be removing three bridges on U.S. 22 (eastbound U.S. 22, westbound U.S. 22, and the westbound on-ramp to U.S. 22) over an abandoned railroad just west of State Route 9 in Cadiz Township and replacing them with earthen fill and new pavement.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "This upgrade will save ODOT (in today’s dollars) about $7 million over the next 35 years, plus an additional $5,000 a year that it costs to inspect and maintain them. Money spent on the maintenance of these structures can now be redirected and better used on other bridges and pavements in Harrison County."
Impacts to traffic will be minimal until August. At that time, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, and the westbound on-ramp from SR 9 will be closed for 28 days.
Based on federal calculations for transportation investment, an estimated 21,257 jobs will be created or retained through these stimulus projects. Those figures also include the indirect jobs related to or stemming from construction, such as asphalt plants, area restaurants, gas stations, etc. Shelly & Sands estimate that over 2,903 hours will be spent on this job in Harrison County by Union carpenters, laborers and operators.
All companies awarded ODOT contracts funded by Recovery Act resources are required to post new job opportunities at www.OhioMeansJobs.com, an online source to match job seekers with employment openings across the state. Stimulus projects create jobs for laborers, carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, engineers and contractors.
A complete list of the transportation infrastructure projects prioritized for stimulus funding – with updates on projects which have been authorized by the Federal Highway Administration, contracts which have been awarded, and new employment opportunities – can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us. Ohio met its deadline for having half – approximately $327.5 million – of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects authorized by FHWA by June 29th. Likewise, 49 other states and five U.S. territories met the deadline, locking down $19 billion toward 5,300 projects across the country that will put people to work.
The completion date for this $910,619 stimulus project is mid-November 2009.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events, visit ODOT's gateway to traffic and roadway information at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty, Public Information Officer, at 330-308-3949 or at Becky.McCarty@dot.state.oh.us.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
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