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ODOT paves way for Santa’s On-Time Deliveries to Ohio

New Bridges and Widened Roadways among the 493 projects completed in 2008

COLUMBUS (December 22, 2008) – Whether you drive a sleigh with 8 reindeer or a truck with 18 wheels, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has paved the way for delivering all of Ohio’s important packages on time, completing 493 construction projects this year.

As part of a more than one-billion dollar investment, ODOT resurfaced 105 interstates and state routes, replaced or repaired 94 bridges, modernized 62 roadways, improved ten intersections and built seven bikeways. More than 6.6 million tons of asphalt was placed on ODOT-maintained roadways - enough asphalt for a two-lane road from Columbus to Corpus Christi, Texas.

Instead of going over the river and through the woods, motorists will find several new routes to take this holiday season, including:

  • U.S. 30 and U.S. 24 - A new interchange of U.S. 30 at County Highway 330 is complete west of Upper Sandusky, marking the link of a project expanding and relocating U.S. 30 in Northwest Ohio. Also, two sections of U.S. 24 opened to four lanes of traffic in Defiance and Henry counties.
  • State Route 18 - The $21 million five-lane highway in eastern Medina County now provides an economic gateway between Interstates 71 and 77. 
  • State Route 161 - Seven miles of the newly widened and relocated State Route 161are open from Licking County to eastern Franklin County. 
  • Northeast Expressway Transformation Project - The $126 million project includes 18 ramps, 17 bridges, 65 retaining walls and a 440-foot tunnel connecting the northeast side of Franklin County.
  • Appalachian Corridor - In June, ODOT joined West Virginia in opening the U.S. 50/Blennerhassett Bridge across the Ohio River at Belpre, completing the final link of a continuous four-lane roadway that stretches from Northern West Virginia to Cincinnati.
  • State Route 86 - This newly relocated two-lane roadway in rural Lake County was completed early because of an innovative construction phasing and scheduling plan.
  • U.S. 33/Pomeroy-Mason Bridge - Next week, ODOT and West Virginia will open the new four-lane cable-stayed suspension bridge carrying U.S. 33 traffic from Pomeroy to Mason, WV.

These completed projects help Ohio’s logistics businesses remain a leader in “on-time” deliveries. An estimated 600 million tons of freight valued at $1.6 trillion is moved by trucks on the state’s highways throughout the year.

Even though Santa has the difficult task of delivering packages to children across the state in just one night, ODOT reminds all travelers this holiday - Ice and Snow… Take It Slow. Excessive speed continues to be one of the leading factors for crashes in ice and snow. Drivers who don’t remember to take it slow are six times more likely to get into a crash, compared to non-winter weather driving.

As you make your list and check it twice, also check out ODOT’s premiere website BuckeyeTraffic.org for up-to-the-minute highway information on weather and road conditions, road closures, Highway Patrol accident updates and traffic congestion alerts; all available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. 


For more information, contact Nancy Burton,
ODOT Central Office Communications, at (614) 728-8915
or your local
ODOT District Communications Office.