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ODOT to Begin Construction on New West 77th Street Bridge

$1.5 million stimulus-funded project will begin Monday, January 11

Cleveland (Tuesday, January 5, 2010)Beginning Monday, January 11, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin a $1.5 million project to replace the aging West 77th Street bridge over the Greater Cleveland Region Transit Authority (GCRTA) and Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in the city of Cleveland.

Crews will close the W. 77th Street bridge between Wakefield and Madison Avenues on Monday, January 11.  Over the next several months, West 77th Street will remain closed as crews work to construct shelters to protect the GCRTA tracks below, demolish the existing bridge and construct a new, two lane bridge.  This design will also include a sidewalk for pedestrians on each side.     

Traffic will be detoured via West 74th Street.  The bridge is schedule to be completed and open to the public in June 2011.

During construction, motorists will notice signs at this construction site, announcing “Putting America to Work: Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.”  Similar orange-and-green signs have been erected when work begins at stimulus-funded projects across Ohio. 

As of the end of November 2009, ODOT and its local transportation partners have awarded construction contracts on 180 stimulus-funded projects, worth $472 million. These projects include major interstate upgrades, bridge modernizations, and local roadway improvements. In addition, investments have also been made in our state’s urban and rural transit agencies - with the purchase of new buses and the start of construction on new transit facilities - and in our state’s airports.

All companies awarded ODOT contracts funded by Recovery Act resources are required to post any new job opportunities at www.OhioMeansJobs.com, an online source to match job seekers with employment openings across the state. 

A complete list of the transportation projects prioritized for stimulus funding - with updates on projects which have been authorized, contracts which have been awarded, and new employment opportunities - can be found online at www.dot.state.oh.us.

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 For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006

or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us