ODOT Invests $4 Million in Projects Along Turnpike
Local projects include drainage improvements in Brecksville
 
CLEVELAND (Tuesday, June 3, 2014) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today announced a $4 million investment in transportation improvement projects along the Ohio Turnpike over the next two years. The investment is part of the state’s Turnpike Mitigation Program and includes $400,000 for one project in Cuyahoga County.
 
“As ODOT officials travelled the northern part of Ohio discussing with local leaders how we could best leverage the Turnpike, we heard time and time again of needs that were not being met because of the mere existence of the Turnpike, and the impacts it has on surrounding local roadways,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “In response, we developed a program to award money to local communities in need of transportation-related improvements along the Turnpike.”
 
The Turnpike Mitigation Program was started to help fund projects within one mile of the Turnpike. The projects include bridge preservation, minor pavement resurfacing, noise walls, drainage repairs and other transportation improvements. Announced in December 2013, the program received 41 funding applications, which were reviewed by a committee comprised of ODOT and Turnpike representatives.
 
Locally, the program will fund the installation of a storm sewer along Valleybrook Drive in Brecksville. The proposed storm sewer will alleviate localized flooding and saturated conditions that appeared after the construction of the Turnpike’s third lane.
 
Through the Turnpike Mitigation Program, ODOT is also offering nearly $5 million for the detailed analysis and construction of noise walls in several communities. The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission must approve the recommended projects since construction will take place within the Turnpike right-of-way. The commission is scheduled to discuss the noise wall projects at its June 16 meeting.
 
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For more information, contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, steve.faulkner@dot.state.oh.us.