• For informational/historical purposes only.


    Ohio Department of Transportation Internet Media Advisory
    September 21, 2000

    ODOT State of the Transportation System Announced for Fiscal Year 2000

    For the first time in a decade, pavement conditions on high-volume and interstate highways are improving, signaling the reverse of a long trend of pavement deficiencies, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Announced today in ODOTs State of the Transportation System report, pavement conditions arent the only improvement this year.

    The biennial report to ODOTs stakeholders highlights major transportation trends, as well as how the department allocates the states highway funds. The report details the departments achievements, such as adding rural transit service to nine counties, maintaining Ohios bridges in good condition, and reporting a decrease in accidents-per-mile-traveled despite a rise in traffic volumes.

    "This report provides a snapshot of our progress," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "It informs our customers the public of how we have spent our $2.1 billion budget. It also gives ODOT the opportunity to showcase accomplishments and be candid on areas needing greater attention."

    According to the report, ODOT has begun innovative methods such as forecasting pavement conditions, requiring warranties on certain types of work, and implementing new techniques in projects in order to advance its mission to provide a world-class transportation system to Ohio.

    For the fourth consecutive year, ODOTs production has reached an all-time high. The years $1.2 billion construction allocation has allowed the department to implement $900 million in maintenance and preservation projects, as well as $300 million in Major New construction.

    The State of the Transportation System report also outlines transportation trends in Ohio which the department has already begun to research and address.

    "The biggest trend in Ohio is congestion," said Matt Selhorst, ODOT deputy director of Planning. "Traffic volumes continue to rise faster than ODOTs ability to provide new infrastructure. Therefore, we must maximize our current capacity in order to address the problem. Congestion mitigation will be a key focus in the upcoming years."

    For further information on ODOTs production, accomplishments, financial data and upcoming goals, the 2000 State of the Transportation System report is accessible through the ODOT Web site at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/sos00


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