OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2009
Work Begins on Second Stimulus Project in Belmont County
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is investing another $1.6 million of transportation stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Belmont County to improve almost 12 miles of the state's two-lane roadways.
About six miles of State Route 147 will be upgraded from Belmont to State Route 9 near Centerville, and over six miles of State Route 149 will be upgraded from State Route 9 at Warnock to Belmont.
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 today at the project limits of each route. The signs are being located along Ohio’s roadways, interstates and bridges where work is underway on improvement projects funded with stimulus dollars.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "We are utilizing a new, innovative technique on these two roadways 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. By making these investments, we've extended the life of those pavements by 10 to 12 years."
Combined with the transportation infrastructure contracts awarded so far using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ODOT has awarded more than $374.2 million for construction work on 110 projects – a combination of interstate, local roadway and bridge modernization projects. For the month of July alone, these investments led to the retention and creation of 1,138 direct jobs on stimulus-funded transportation construction projects in Ohio, with workers clocking in more than 42,000 hours in labor and a total payroll of nearly $1.5 million.
An up-to-date 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 October 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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