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Work to begin on $823,000 Stimulus-Funded Project
Update on Ohio’s Transportation Stimulus Investments

Garfield Heights (Tuesday, September 22, 2009) On Monday, September 28 the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)  will begin an $823,000 investment of stimulus funds to improve badly deteriorated ramps at the interchange of I-480 and W. 130th Street in the cities of Brook Park and Cleveland.

In order to perform work at the interchange, beginning on Monday, September 28, crews will close the W. 130th Street entrance ramp to I-480 westbound for a period of approximately 21 days or until October 19, 2009. 

Details on future ramp closures - including work to improve the W. 130th Street entrance ramp to I-480 eastbound and the I-480 westbound exit ramp to W. 130th Street - will be forthcoming.  Each ramp is intended to be closed for approximately 21 days.

Beginning this week, motorists will also notice a new sign 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.

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.  Through the month of August, more than 3,400 jobs have been created or retained on ODOT’s active stimulus-funded construction projects. The workers on these stimulus funded transportation projects have clocked nearly 128,000 hours and earned more than $4.4 million in wages.

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.