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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
March 17, 2004

TAFT KICKS OFF 2004 HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION SEASON IN COLUMBUS

Jobs and Progress Plan Top Priority

COLUMBUS (March 17, 2004) - Governor Bob Taft today announced that the $130-million State Route 161 interchange reconstruction project at Interstate 270 and Sunbury Road, the single largest highway project ever initiated in central Ohio, will begin in May. Taft kicked-off central Ohio's $420 million 2004 construction season at Chase Home Finance's Easton facility.

"This spring, orange barrels will signify an unprecedented effort to put Ohioans to work and ensure the competitiveness of our transportation system," Taft said. "Jobs and Progress will make our roads safer, less congested and more efficient for everyone."

The work is part of Governor Taft's Jobs and Progress Plan unveiled last August. The $5 billion 10-year plan represents Ohio's largest transportation initiative since the original creation of the interstate highway system. It will rebuild Ohio's urban interstate networks, address high-crash and congested locations, and complete the state's rural macro-corridors.

The Governor's plan will create jobs for thousands of Ohioans. According to federal statistics, every $1 billion invested into the highway system supports more than 40,000 jobs with less than 25 percent of those in the actual construction field.

"Thanks to Governor Taft's leadership we will rebuild Ohio's stressed transportation network, improve the state's business climate for existing companies and open new economic development opportunities," said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor.

Key construction projects this year include:

  •  Interstate 270/State Route 161/Sunbury Road interchanges in Franklin County

  •  U.S. Route 33, Lancaster Bypass

  •  Multiple projects along the I-75 corridor

  •  Interstate 280 (Maumee River Crossing) in Lucas County

  •  Widening of Interstate 71 in Ashland and Richland counties

  •  Interstate 90 reconstruction in Cuyahoga and Lake counties

  •  Interstate 77 widening in Stark County

Additional projects that will affect the central Ohio area include:

  •  Polaris Parkway Interchange on the north side

  •  Rehabilitation of Interstate 270 on the southwest side

  •  Bridge deck replacements on U.S. Route 23 in Pickaway County

  •  Major rehabilitation on Interstate 70 in Madison

 

ODOT's 2004 Construction Brochure is available at ODOT district offices. Ongoing construction information can be accessed at www.buckeyetraffic.org.