OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2009
Work to Begin on Stimulus Project in Tuscarawas County
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 will begin investing transportation stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Actin Tuscarawas County on Monday, September 14th, by upgrading almost five miles of the state's roadways.
Just over a mile of State Route 800 will be upgraded, including base repairs and asphalt resurfacing, from Thornwood Park in Dennison to U.S. Route 250, and nearly four miles of U.S. 250 will be upgraded from SR 800 to the Harrison County line.
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 at the project limits. 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, "These investments are putting Ohioans back to work and transforming our transportation system for generations to come. By making this investment, we've extended the life of this pavement by 10 to 12 years."
Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.
Combined with the transportation infrastructure contracts awarded so far using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, ODOT has awarded more than $376.7 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. Shelly & Sands estimate that over 3,318 hours will be spent on this job in Tuscarawas County by Union carpenters, laborers and operators.
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 $1 million stimulus project is Shelly & Sands Inc., from Zanesville, Ohio, and the completion date is mid-October 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.
Moving Ohio into a Prosperous New World