ODOT breaks ground on new maintenance facility in Jefferson County
NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO (Monday, October 1, 2012) – Joined by Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Assistant Director Mike Cope and Governor’s Office of Appalachia Director Jason Wilson, ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam and staff members broke ground today on a new, $7.4 million maintenance facility for its Jefferson County operations.
This investment in eastern Ohio’s transportation system will improve customer service and the overall efficiency of ODOT’s operations.
The new facility will be constructed on 11 acres along County Road 43 just south of the main entrance to the Jefferson County Industrial Park.
Construction will include:
· A salt building
· A mix building
· An equipment storage building
· A truck storage building
· And, a main garage building with offices
MacAdam said, “The location alone for this new facility will help us be better community members by relieving a residential neighborhood of the traffic and noise associated with our 24-hour operations during the winter season. No matter how conscientious our staff is or how hard we’ve have tried over the years, we cannot be the best of neighbors in that type of environment.”
In addition to replacing an outdated, 60-year old structure with ever-increasing maintenance costs, the new facility will be in a more centralized location to provide better service to the county’s 450 lane miles and 130 bridges.
ODOT’s contractor is LW Associates, Inc., from Ashville, Ohio, and the project is set to be completed by September 2013.
For more information, contact: Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, District 11 Communications, at (330) 308-3949
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.