ODOT ANNOUNCES 2006 CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
(COLUMBUS) - The
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) today kicked off another
record-breaking construction program worth about $1.4 billion. The
2006 program is up from $1.3 billion in 2005 and has been steadily
growing since 2003.
the third year in a row, the departments focus will be to move
forward with Gov. Bob Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan. Announced in
2003, the Jobs and Progress Plan is a 10 year, $5 billion effort to
rebuild Ohios urban interstate networks, address high-crash and
congested locations and complete the states rural macro-corridors.
Governor Tafts announcement of the Jobs and Progress Plan, ODOT has
been carefully planning its construction program to deliver this major
investment, said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. While some of the
projects have already begun, we are just now beginning to see the full
plan unfold across the state.
estimated $590 million of this years program will go toward Jobs and
years construction program also includes close to $100 million in
resurfacing and roadway maintenance work. Forty five projects will
improve the interstates and five mega projects projects costing more
than $100 million - will advance the governors Jobs and Progress
work, however, will not mean longer delays. Of the 45 interstate
construction projects planned this year, all include contract
provisions that restrict work to off-peak travel times, speed the pace
of construction and reward or penalize contractors for early
completion or delays.
addition, Ohio requires contractors to maintain at least two lanes of
traffic in each direction during peak travel hours and on holidays on
heavily traveled interstates.
largest, most expensive single project set to begin this year is the
Interstate 80 Meander Reservoir project in Mahoning County. The
interstate will be reconstructed and widened to six lanes from the
Ohio Turnpike to State Route 46 at a cost of $86.7 million.
project includes the replacement and realignment of the two existing
bridges over the Meander Creek Reservoir. Two lanes of traffic will
be maintained in each direction at all times on I-80 throughout the
duration of this project.
will continue this year to widen portions of Interstate 71 in Medina
and Richland counties. This is a continuation of the I-71
Reconstruction and Widening Plan, which began in 1998. Once
completed, only two portions of I-71 will remain two lanes in each
direction on the interstate between Columbus and Cleveland.
one of the two-phase State Route 161 project will begin widening the
route from two to four lanes on a new alignment from the eastern edge
of Franklin County to Watkins Road in Licking County. Phase one is
estimated at $49 million. The entire project is worth $137 million.
Phase two will begin construction in the spring of 2007. This mega
project is vital to the communities along the route as well as
commuters. The SR 161 corridor has become one of the most congested in
central Ohio with an accident rate that is 70 percent higher than
similar roadways around the state.
Multi-year projects wrapping up this year include:
I-71 reconstruction and widening in Richland
Construction of a new interchange on Interstate
77 at Shuffel Road in Stark County
Widening of I-77 from four to six lanes in the
city of Green
Major reconstruction of a four-mile section of
Interstate 90 in Ashtabula County
Reconstruction of U.S. Route 224 in the city of
Construction of a new interchange on I-71 north
of Polaris Parkway in Columbus
Interstate 70 reconstruction and widening in
Bridge replacement on the State Route 129
(High/Main street) bridge in the city of Hamilton
Rail grade separation on State Route 747 in
Replacement of the U.S. Grant Bridge (U.S.
Route 23) in Portsmouth
Motorists can find up-to-date information about the 2006 construction
here for a fact sheet with highlights of new and currently active Jobs and Progress