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ODOT to begin resurfacing on SR 700 in Geauga County
Stimulus-funded project will begin Monday, May 10

Garfield Heights, Ohio (Friday, May 7, 2010)Beginning Monday, May 10, 2010 the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Shelly & Sands, Inc. will begin a resurfacing project – funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - on State Route 700 between U.S. Route 422 and State Route 168.

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.

Crews will begin resurfacing in the northbound direction followed by the southbound direction.  Work will take place four to five days a week – Monday through Friday- from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Traffic will be maintained with one lane of two-way traffic utilizing flaggers during scheduled work hours.

The entire project is scheduled to be complete in August 2010.    

As of the end of April, ODOT and its local partners have awarded contracts on more than 335 different stimulus-funded transportation construction projects worth more than $882 million, of which $557 million were funded by the stimulus. So far, 71 stimulus projects have been completed on Ohio's roadways and bridges, providing safer travel for Ohio's citizens and businesses.

Just as important as the number of projects is the number of paychecks these stimulus investments are helping to write. Since the start of the Recovery Act, workers on stimulus-funded transportation projects (both ODOT and locally administered projects) have logged more than 812,895 hours and earned more than $26.9 million in paychecks.

For the month of March, as record-breaking snowfall gave way to warmer weather, workers logged more than 72,400 hours on stimulus-funded transportation projects, earning paychecks totaling nearly $2.4 million. Those monthly totals are expected to dramatically grow over the Spring and Summer months.

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.

All dates and times are approximate and weather dependent.  For statewide construction and road condition information visit www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.

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Project Facts:

Project: Resurfacing State Route 700 between U.S. Route 422 and State Route 168 in Burton and Troy Townships.

Contractor: Shelly & Sands, Inc.

Bid Amount:  $940,540.01

Completion Date: August 1, 2010

For more information contact:
The ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2005 or email D12.PublicInformation@dot.state.oh.us