OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2009
Holmes County Amish Committee Makes Donation for Road Repairs
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Holmes County Amish Steering Committee, a subgroup of the Amish Safety Committee, donated $109,557 to a Road Maintenance Fund that will help pay for resurfacing work on about four miles of State Route 241 between Fryburg and Mount Hope.
In accordance with Section 5501.33(A) of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), any organization, individual or group of individuals may give money to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to pay expenses the state incurs in maintaining, repairing or reconstructing state highways and roads upon which animal-drawn vehicles travel.
"This is the third time we've been able to apply these monies to the roadway since this section was established in the ORC during ODOT's 2004-2005 Biennium Budget process," said ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Richard A. Bible, P.E. "We are thrilled with this partnership and very appreciative of the Amish community's generosity and willingness to assist us with roadway maintenance and repairs this way."
ODOT's Holmes County maintenance crews and Holmes Supply Corp., from Holmesville, Ohio, will begin this work Monday, September 28, 2009, and it is expected to take two days to complete. ODOT is contributing over $62,500 toward this project.
ODOT reminds motorists to SLOW DOWN for the "Cone Zone;" turn on headlights and drive carefully in work zones. Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the highway workers. Remember, fines in work zones are doubled for not obeying traffic signs. Minimize distractions – turn OFF cell phones in construction zones. Remember to always buckle up.
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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