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Work begins on Geauga County’s First Stimulus-Funded Project
Update on Ohio’s Transportation Stimulus Investments  

Geauga County (Monday, August 10, 2009) - Work is underway today on Geauga County’s first transportation project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Geauga County Engineer’s Office marked the start of the project - a $420,000 investment of stimulus funds to modernize and resurface Washington Street between the Chagrin Falls Village Corporation line and State Route 306 in Bainbridge Township and South Russell Village – today by erecting stimulus signs on the site of the project. 

Starting today, motorists will notice the new signs at this construction site, 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.

Over the next several months, crews will work to modernize and resurface Washington Street between the Chagrin Falls Village Corporation line and State Route 306.  The project is administered by the Geauga County Engineer’s Office and was awarded stimulus funding through the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), the metropolitan planning organization for the greater Cleveland region. NOACA received a direct stimulus allocation of $44.2 million for transportation infrastructure projects throughout the region.

At a statewide level, ODOT continues to monitor and invest more than $1.1 billion in transportation stimulus made available to Ohio, including $774.2 million of transportation infrastructure funds. 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.

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For more information, contact the ODOT District 12 Communications Office at (216) 584-2006 or Mr. Robert L. Phillips, Geauga County Engineer at (440) 279-1800.