OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2009
ODOT to Begin Second Stimulus Project in Harrison County This Week
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 awarded another construction project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, investing almost $3 million more transportation stimulus dollars in Harrison County.
The second American Recovery and Reinvestment signs to be installed in eastern Ohio are expected to go up Wednesday, July 15th, to signify an upgrade of about 15 miles of State Route 9 from the village of Cadiz's north corp. line to the Carroll County line and include base repairs to the roadway and asphalt resurfacing. The signs, which read, Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are showing up along Ohio’s roadways, interstates and bridges as crews get to work on improvement projects funded with stimulus dollars.
In addition to the work on SR 9, six miles of SR 799 will be resurfaced in Harrison County as part of this project. ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "We will be utilizing a new, innovative technique on SR 799 intended to extend the pavement life. Chip seal will be used as an interlayer treatment between the existing asphalt and the final layer of asphalt."
Traffic will be maintained with flaggers on both routes.
Bible said, "These investments are putting Ohioans back to work and transforming our transportation system for generations to come. For example, SR 9 is the main north-south route used to move goods and services in this area. By making these investments, we've extended the life of those pavements by 10 to 12 years."
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. In addition to the indirect jobs created or retained by this work – such as companies that provide construction materials and equipment and the numerous local companies supported by the wages of these workers, stimulus projects create and retain 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.
ODOT's contractor for this project is Shelly & Sands Inc., from Zanesville, Ohio, and the completion date is mid-October 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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