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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 1999

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ODOT DESIGN AESTHETICS INITIATIVE

DAYTON Governor Bob Taft and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced ODOTs design aesthetics initiative at a press conference at the Dayton Art Institute. The initiative will incorporate inexpensive design elements into transportation project plans, to improve the look of Ohios interstate system.

"Transportation projects, if thoughtfully designed, can enhance the appearance of communities without additional expense," said Taft. "Our goal is to make these projects more compatible with their community, more attractive, and to have their design complement the local surroundings."

Through this initiative, ODOT will use patterns, colors, texture and landscaping to make a road, noise barrier or bridge visually pleasing to motorists and residents in the area. The cost for improved project design aesthetics will be minimal, less than one percent of a projects total cost.

Three pilot projects with design aesthetics include Dayton, Troy and Canton. ODOT has worked closely with local leaders and citizens on all three projects to identify design aesthetics that will improve the appearance of the freeway system in their cities.

"Because these projects have a great impact on neighborhoods and communities we want to ensure local suggestions are included," said Taft. "These future structures are a welcomed addition to the area."

"The program represents a new way of thinking for ODOT," said Proctor. "During the coming years, as work is conducted on the states highway network, these enhancements will be incorporated into the projects, resulting in a highway system that is not only functional but also attractive."

By March 2000 the department will develop the Design Standards and Guidelines policy to integrate aesthetics into major transportation projects on the highway. This policy will enable local communities to offer input on how they can improve the appearance of the freeway system in their city.

Project Highlights

DAYTON

BRIDGES

ODOT will use the color teal, seen throughout Dayton, to paint steel beams on bridges in need of repainting.

10 of the 41 bridges parapets will be painted, have walkways and landscaping.

THIRD STREET EXIT

A tint will be added to the concrete sealer to use on six piers at Third Street.

Paver stones will be used to create a decorative walkway under the Third Street bridge.

The "rip rap", a concrete slope protection, will also have tint added to the concrete sealer.

RIVERVIEW AVENUE

Paver stones will be used to create a decorative, 10-foot wide path, to enhance the existing sidewalk at Riverview Avenue near the Dayton Art Institute.

GERMANTOWN STREET BRIDGE

ODOT will remove the chain link fence on the south side of Edwin C. Moses Blvd. and replace it with ornamental fencing used by Sinclair Community College.

 

TROY

NOISE BARRIERS

All noise barriers now and in the future will be level and capped.

To welcome motorists entering the city of Troy, the cities slogan "Troy, Ohio, USA" will be imprinted on the first and last panel of the noise barriers along Interstate 75. This look will also be repeated throughout Troy on additional noise barriers.

LANDSCAPING

Trees, bushes and wild flowers will be planted along the County Road 25A Interchange, State Route 55 and I-75 to return the land to its natural appearance. Also, ODOT will contour the land on State Route 41 to prepare for future planting by the city of Troy.

BRIDGES

The structural steel on selected bridges will be painted red. The color was selected by local citizens who attended a public meeting.

Vandal fencing will be installed on selected bridges to protect motorists, and coated with black polyvinyl to improve the look of the fencing.

CANTON

RETAINING WALLS

ODOT is working with the local arts community to build retaining walls so the community can later add mosaics to them reflecting Cantons clay and tile industries.

NOISE BARRIERS

All noise barriers now and in the future will be level and capped.

ODOT will add a brick texture on the front and back of the noise barriers to carry the existing design elements from the city to the freeways. In some cases, the middle section of a noise barrier will be smooth concrete to enable the community to add design imprints.

BRIDGES

ODOT will provide color selection for painting of bridges.

LANDSCAPING

Trees, bushes and wild flowers will be planted in provided locations.

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