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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

April 4, 2007

Signs of Change: ODOT Kicks Off 2007 Construction Season
Department Focuses on Partnerships and Safety

COLUMBUS The Signs of Change are going up across Ohio, as ODOT today officially kicks off the 2007 Construction Season stretching across 750 work zones statewide over the next eight months.

This years construction program continues ODOTs tradition of excellence in providing one of the best-maintained and safest highway systems Ohios tax dollars can provide, said ODOT Director James G. Beasley, P.E/P.S. We are also working every day to build the best, most reliable partnership possible with our local governments and communities across the state.

In conjunction with National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, Director Beasley joined with the Federal Highway Administration, local officials and labor leaders for a ceremonial statewide event in Akron along Interstate 77 one of the major corridors under construction this season.

This years work includes more than 100 highway projects and close to 475 resurfacing and maintenance projects, all aimed at improving Ohios interstate system and maintaining existing infrastructure.

Several major multi-year improvement projects will also wrap up construction this season, including Interstate 71 between Columbus and Cleveland, Interstate 77 between Canton and Akron, U.S. Route 30 in Hancock and Wyandot counties and the Interstate 280 Veterans Glass City Skyway Bridge over the Maumee River in Toledo.

Safety is a critical component to the construction season. In 2006, there were 19 fatalities and 2,101 injuries in Ohio work zones. On average nationally, there is one work zone fatality every seven hours.

As part of National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention to all signs when traveling through construction areas. ODOT strongly encourages motorists to plan ahead. A 2007 Interstate Construction Brochure can now be found at local ODOT District Offices.


Further Information and Links:

Up-to-date information about statewide construction can always be found at:

2007 Construction Season Fact Sheet

ODOT District Management Team Takes Shape New Release (399 Kb pdf file)
(includes District Deputy Director Photos and ODOT District Map with Contact Information)