OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2009
Work to Begin on Second Stimulus Project in Tuscarawas County
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is investing another $3.2 million of transportation stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Tuscarawas County by replacing and modernizing the Tuscarawas Avenue Bridge in Dover.
The historic roadway signs, which read, Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are to be installed on the north and south sides of the bridge this Friday morning, Sept. 18th. 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. The Tuscarawas Avenue Bridge was built in 1906 and is being replaced with a new multi-span, multi-beam bridge with sidewalks and pedestrian railing."
The bridge will be closed to traffic on Oct. 1st for about 13 months. Traffic will be detoured onto Broadway Street, Wooster Avenue, and Front Street. Bible said, "We worked closely with the city of Dover and the contractor to minimize the inconvenience of this closure on the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds so that the structure is not closed until after this year's fair, therefore, only impacting one fair season instead of two."
To date, ODOT has awarded about $376.8 million of construction work using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on 109 projects – a combination of interstate, local roadway and bridge modernization projects. Through the month of August, these investments have led to the retention or creation of 2,247 jobs on stimulus-funded transportation construction projects in Ohio, with workers clocking in more than 85,550 hours in labor and a total payroll of nearly $3 million. ODOT's contractor for this project, Keffler Bridge Company, from Canfield, Ohio, estimates that nearly 15,000 labor hours will be spent on this job in Tuscarawas County by Union carpenters, concrete finishers, laborers and operators.
Nationwide, $18.5 billion toward 7,386 projects have been identified across the country that will put people to work.
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.
The completion date for this project is November 30, 2010.
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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