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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
March 12, 2003

ODOT Announces 2003 Construction Program
Reducing Work Zone Congestion Top Priority

(COLUMBUS) ODOT kicks off its 2003 construction season this month with $1.17 billion in resurfacing, reconstruction and major new projects, including 62 projects to improve Ohio's interstates.

But with the construction also comes a plan for reducing construction-related delays. ODOT will spend between $20 and $30 million statewide this year to make work zones more convenient for Ohio drivers.

"Over the past several years, ODOT has been systematically rebuilding Ohio's aging interstate highways to improve their smoothness and durability," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "But while these repairs are absolutely necessary, we recognize that extra steps must be taken to reduce the congestion and delays that these repairs often cause."

Of the 62 interstate construction projects planned for this year, 58 include contract provisions that restrict work to off-peak travel times, speed the pace of construction or reward or penalize contractors for early completion or delays.

In addition, Ohio may be the only state in the nation requiring contractors to maintain at least two lanes in each direction during the day on heavily traveled interstates. Exceptions are rarely granted.

This year's Construction "Hot Spots" include:

  • I-280 (Maumee River Crossing) in Lucas County. Primarily nighttime closures.

  • Reconstruction and widening of Interstate 71 in Richland, Ashland, Wayne and Medina counties. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction using temporary pavement.

  • Nighttime resurfacing on I-480 in Cuyahoga County from Idlewood Road to Tuxedo Avenue.

  • I-77 in Stark County. Two lanes will be maintained during peak hours through the majority of the project using temporary pavement.

  •  Nighttime resurfacing on I-70 in downtown Columbus between Broad Street and the I-71 "split."

  •  I-70/I-75 Interchange in Dayton. Lane restrictions limited to nighttime hours.

  • I-75 in Hamilton/Butler counties between I-275 and Tylersville Road. Nighttime lane closures.

  • U.S. 33 in Athens County through Nelsonville.