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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
March 13, 2001


ODOT KICKS OFF 2001 CONSTRUCTION SEASON

Columbus - The 2001 construction season kicks off this month with a variety of resurfacing, reconstruction, and major new projects. ODOT enters the year tied with last years record $1.2 billion construction budget. 

"Our construction season this year focuses on improving transportation infrastructure while minimizing impact to the communities," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "In addition to increasing the amount of night and off peak work this year, the department has spent millions to accelerate work schedules on several of its major interstate projects in an effort to open the highways months ahead of schedule." 

As part of the kickoff, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced its annual interstate construction brochure, which details more than 80 major interstate projects.

 Interstate construction expected to have the greatest impact on motorists statewide includes:

  • Interstate 71 in Delaware, Franklin, Hamilton, Richland and Ashland counties

  • Interstate 75 in Montgomery and Hancock counties.

  • Interstate 77 in Noble, Stark and Guernsey counties.

  • Interstate 70 in Franklin and Belmont counties.

  • Interstate 90 in Cuyahoga and Lake counties.

  • Interstate 480 in Cuyahoga County.

 "The information in the brochure is designed to both help motorists plan ahead for trips, and familiarize the community with the projects ODOT will be performing in their area," said Proctor. "With a number of important projects this year, the construction brochure is a good item to stash in the glove box for reference before hitting the highway for spring or summer travel."

 The departments $1.2 billion construction budget covers a wide range of projects. An average of $370 million of the total will be spent on resurfacing projects, $300 million will fund major new projects, $250 million will go to maintaining bridges, and $270 million will help fund local government projects.

For an overview of this season's Interstate construction projects, check out the on-line 2001 Interstate Construction brochure. And for additional detailed road construction information throughout the state, refer to the Ohio Transportation Information System (OTIS) at:  www.odotonline.org/otis