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Stimulus Funded Transportation Projects Cropping up throughout Northeast Ohio
Last phase of I-271 modernization and resurfacing is latest project to begin

Cleveland (Friday, July 31, 2009) Work is underway on transportation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act throughout Ohio. 

Today, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jolene M. Molitoris spoke at the esteemed City Club of Cleveland announcing the start of the region’s newest project funded by the Recovery Act, a nearly $9 million project to modernized and resurface Interstate 271 between Wilson Mills Road and Interstate 90.   

The project spans both Cuyahoga and Lake Counties and is the fifth phase in a series of five projects which began in 2006 to modernize the I-271 mainline corridor between the Summit/Cuyahoga County line and I-90.  The project, administered by ODOT in coordination with contractor, The Shelly Company, will begin Monday, August 3 closing multiple lanes of I-271 during the overnight hours between approximately 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. weekdays. 

The City of Olmsted Falls also recently began a project to construct an underpass to carry SR 252 (Columbia Road) beneath railroad tracks in the city.  The project is funded by $7.95 million in stimulus funds.

Motorists are now familiar with the new signs at construction sites, announcing “Putting America to Work: Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” Similar orange-and-green signs are being erected when work begins at stimulus-funded projects across Ohio.

By September 1 - in the short amount of time since enactment of the Recovery Act - ODOT will have awarded $390.5 million in construction contracts for work on 111 construction projects. That represents more than 50 percent of the department’s direct stimulus allocation.

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

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT THE ODOT DISTRICT 12 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE:
Jocelynn Clemings 216.584.2006