ODOT kicks off another near-record year of construction
We’re investing $2.3 billion in roads and bridges state wide
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Thursday, March 30, 2017) – A second-straight near-record construction season is underway across Ohio. This year, the Ohio Department of Transportation will invest $2.3 billion into the state’s roads and bridges, just shy of the record-$2.4 billion investments made in 2014 and 2015.
This construction season will include 1,098 projects, 26 valued at more than $10 million. Workers will pave 6,945 miles of roadway – enough for a two-lane road from Seattle to Key West, and repair or replace 1,281 bridges.
“Since Gov. John Kasich took office, we have invested an unprecedented $14 billion in Ohio’s infrastructure,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Our transportation network is Ohio’s greatest man-made asset, and it is our duty to ensure it is in the best condition possible. That’s why 93 cents of every dollar we’re spending on roads and bridges this year will go to preservation.”
Safety is always the top priority, and this year’s construction program will include 191 projects aimed at making our roadways safer. These projects range from reconfigured intersections to additional signage and signals.
“We have seen an increase in the number of traffic deaths in Ohio over the last three years, and we are working hard to reverse this disturbing trend,” Wray said.
In District 12 there will be a total of 80 active construction projects worth an estimated $1.2 billion during the 2017 construction season in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. There will be 25 roadway maintenance projects that include a new roadway, widening and resurfacing in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties and 33 bridge projects ranging from minor repairs and painting to complete replacement in Cuyahoga and Lake counties.
Fifty-seven (57) projects are new for 2017 and worth approximately $685 million. That includes the third section of the Opportunity Corridor and the I-480 Valley View Bridge deck replacement. For information on these and other District 12 construction projects check out the 2017 Construction Program, http://tinyurl.com/2017ODOTD12Construction.
ODOT is also working to make the existing system work more efficiently by leveraging technology like the OHGO app, intelligent transportation systems, recently-approved variable speed limits and smart mobility corridors.
“The easy movement of people and goods from place to place is part of the ODOT mission statement. Those aren’t just words on paper,” Wray said.
Last year, there were 6,041 crashes in work zones resulting in 28 deaths, 186 serious injuries and 810 minor injuries. The top cause of work zone crashes is following too close. Drivers need to pay extra attention and follow signs and directions in work zones to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact: ODOT at (216) 584-2005 or email D12.Public.Information@dot.ohio.gov