ODOT to Invest an Estimated $2.3 Billion in State Transportation System this Year
Officially Launches 2013 Construction Season
GARFIELD HEIGHTS (Friday, April 12, 2013) – Your tax dollars will be hard at work as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) launches one of the largest, most aggressive construction seasons to date with projects totaling approximately $2.3 billion. ODOT will begin or continue construction of nearly 1,000 projects statewide including the I-480 exit ramp widening at Tiedeman Road right here in Brooklyn.
This interchange was studied and chosen for this ramp widening project due to major backups on the I-480 mainline during rush hour traffic. RampClear is a program designed by ODOT to correct congestion issues, such as the one at I-480 and Tiedeman Road, quickly and without needing a lot of money to do so. The project will cost an estimated $2.4 million and does not require the state to purchase any right-of-way for the widening. After construction the total lane count for each exit ramp will be two right and two left turning lanes.
“Investing in our state’s transportation system is vital to our economy and to job creation,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We work hard to establish and maintain an efficient, effective transportation system that gets people and goods where they want to go in a timely and safe manner.”
ODOT’s robust construction schedule consists of an impressive 996 projects, which could total as much as $2.3 billion. ODOT will begin or continue work on 10 mega projects, each totaling more than $50 million.
Other projects in District 12 include:
· Completion of the westbound I-90 Innerbelt Bridge
· West 73rd Street connection with Edgewater Park, part of the Lakefront West project
· Resurfacing on I-90 between the Rocky River and West 44th Street
New work will begin late this year on the eastbound Innerbelt Bridge in Cleveland, which is the largest, most expensive mega project in Ohio totaling approximately $330 million. That amount also includes the demolition of the current, aging Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland.
Motorists should use caution throughout construction work zones this year. The top three causes of work zone crashes are: following too closely, failure to control, and improper lane change, all of which can be prevented by safe driving. For up-to-the-minute road conditions and details on highway construction projects in every area of the state, visit ODOT’s premier website: www.ohgo.com.
For a list of major projects statewide, click here.
For more information, contact: Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101, firstname.lastname@example.org or your local district communications office, at 216-584-2005 or D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us.