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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.