ODOT seeks comments on local bridge project in Holmes County

Project Funded by Ohio’s Bridge Partnership Program
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, August 21, 2014)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 and the Holmes County Engineer are seeking comments on a bridge replacement project on County Road 207 as part of the Ohio Bridge Partnership Program.
The Program, investing $120 million over the next three years throughout the state to repair and replace more than 200 county and city-owned bridges, was made available by Ohio’s successful efforts to overhaul highway funding, including reduced overhead costs and improved efficiencies at ODOT. ODOT worked with local officials to identify bridges for repair or replacement. Bridges were selected based on a variety of factors, including safety and importance to local job creation.
This existing bridge carries CR 207 over Martins Creek just north of Township Road 603 near Benton. Traffic will be detoured during portions of construction which is anticipated for 2015. No new right of way will be required to complete the project.
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of these proposed projects. Environmental impacts include those associated with historical archeological or architectural resources, ecological resources, hazardous materials, and/or any general concerns regarding the projects.
Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, Attention: Thomas E. Stratton, 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. ODOT District 11 can also be contacted by telephone at 330-339-6633. All comments must be submitted by September 22, 2014.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us