OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2009
ODOT to Begin More Stimulus Construction in Carroll and Columbiana Counties Next Week
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 will begin investing another $643,000 of transportation stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Carroll and Columbiana counties next week by improving 18 miles of the state's two-lane roadways.
Work includes base repairs and chip sealing.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "Chip seal is being used on our lower volume roadways as a cost effective, preventive maintenance treatment to extend the pavement life. By making this investment, we are extending the life of these pavements by about five years, and it's only a third of the cost of a typical resurfacing project."
Six miles of SR 9 will be chip sealed from County Road 38 (Brenner Rd.) just north of Carrollton to the railroad tracks south of Augusta. Over five miles of SR 164 will be chip sealed in Columbiana County from the SR 39 intersection to SR 518 at Gavers, and almost seven miles of SR 518 will be chip sealed from the intersection of SR 644 to just west of County Road 413.
The historic American Recovery and Reinvestment roadway signs, which read, Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are going up Monday morning, August 10th, at the project limits of each route. 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, Central-Allied Enterprises Inc., from Canton, Ohio, expects to begin physical work Wednesday, August 12th, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.
By September 1st, ODOT will have awarded $390.5 million in construction contracts for work on 111 construction projects – that represents more than 50% of the department’s direct stimulus allocation. 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 project is October 31, 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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