OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2009
ODOT to Begin Stimulus Construction in Belmont and Harrison Counties
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 will begin investing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's transportation stimulus dollars in Belmont and Harrison counties this week by upgrading over five miles of State Route 149 from Flushing to New Athens as well as about a mile of State Route 9 through New Athens.
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. By making this investment, we are extending the life of these pavements 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 149 at each end of the project. 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, Lash Paving Inc., from Colerain, Ohio, expects to begin other work immediately. 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, 2,500 construction projects are now underway nationwide. A total of 6,000 projects have now been identified and approved, which means that a total of $17.3 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 $800,000 project is September 30, 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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