OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2009
ODOT to Begin Stimulus Construction in Carroll and Columbiana Counties This 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 Carroll and Columbiana counties this week by upgrading over 12 miles of State Route 39 from Mechanicstown to just east of Highlandtown near Southern Local High School as well as about a mile of SR 644 through Salineville.
Work includes base repairs and asphalt resurfacing.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "These investments are putting Ohioans back to work and transforming our transportation system for generations to come. SR 39 between Carrollton and Columbiana County is the major east-west route used to move goods and services in the region. By making this investment, we are extending this pavement life by 10 to 12 years."
The historic American Recovery and Reinvestment roadway signs, which read, Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, went up this morning along SR 39 just west of Mechanicstown, near Southern Local High School, and on SR 644 as just west of Salineville. The signs are showing up along Ohio’s roadways, interstates and bridges as crews get to work on improvement projects funded with stimulus dollars.
ODOT's contractor, The Shelly Company, from Twinsburg, Ohio, expects to begin other work tomorrow, July 21st, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.
In the short amount of time since the Recovery Act went into effect, ODOT has already awarded nearly $128 million in contracts for work on 59 projects - mostly interstate, roadway and bridge modernization projects. And by the end of this month, ODOT will award an additional 19 projects, worth another $36 million of construction. According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 2,000 construction projects are now underway nationwide worth more than $6 billion. A total of 5,600 projects have been identified and approved, which means that a total of $16.7 billion will be flowing into the economy over the next two 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. 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.
The completion date for this $1.8 million project is mid-September 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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