DOVER, OHIO (Monday, October 12, 2009) – Joined by U.S. Congressman Zack Space and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jolene M. Molitoris, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today broke ground on the latest transportation infrastructure stimulus project to get underway in Ohio.
The new $11.2 million Interstate 77 Interchange at County Road 80 in Dover (Tuscarawas County) will help relieve congestion at the existing, adjacent interchanges in Dover and Strasburg and promote future economic development in the area.
"This project is a great example of how stimulus investments are putting Ohioans to work today and transforming our transportation system for generations to come," said Governor Strickland. "The need for this new interchange is a direct outcome of the growth potential of Dover and the surrounding areas. Not only will this investment provide relief for existing congestion on local roadways, it will address the growing business demand for access to I-77."
In addition to Congressional earmarks, funding for this project includes $2.1 million in stimulus funds and $1 million provided by the city of Dover. Congressman Space said, "I am honored to join Governor Strickland, ODOT Director Molitoris, Dover Mayor Richard Homrighausen and other state and local officials at the this long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony. In addition to creating jobs today, this project brings with it hope for tomorrow with opportunities for future economic development."
"From conception to construction, the city of Dover and Mayor Homrighausen have been tremendous partners on this project," ODOT Director Molitoris said. "Across the state, ODOT and its local transportation partners have awarded construction contracts on 140 stimulus-funded projects, worth more than $418.8 million. That translates to jobs for Ohioans."
ODOT’s contractor, Beaver Excavating Company, estimates more than 38,000 work-hours will be needed on this project. During peak operations, they anticipate about 30 workers onsite at a time. Those figures do not include the indirect jobs stemming from this construction, such as subcontractors, material suppliers, asphalt plants, area restaurants, gas stations, etc.
When complete, the project will offer an immediate benefit to the region’s logistics businesses, according to two members of the Ohio Trucking Association – Con-way Freight and YRC Inc., a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide (Nasdaq: YRCW) – who joined the groundbreaking ceremony.
"This new interchange will be a tremendous addition to our community and will improve our ability to conduct business locally," said Joe Makowski, Uhrichsville Service Center Manager, Con-way Freight. "As a result, we will be able to reduce miles traveled by our trucks, increase efficiency and continue to provide our customers with exception-free, on-time and fast service."
In addition to a new diamond interchange, the project will include the reconstruction of just under a mile of CR 80, the construction of a new overpass over I-77, the replacement of a bridge over the Sugar Creek, and the relocation of a portion of Progress Street. The project is set to be completed by June 2011.
For more information, contact: Paula Putnam, ODOT Central Office Communications, at (614) 460-9773 or
Becky McCarty, ODOT District 11 Communications, at (330) 308-3949.