​I-71/670 LogoColumbus Crossroads will put hundreds of Ohioans to work 

 $200 million investment means more jobs for central Ohio 

COLUMBUS (Friday, October 14, 2011) – Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray today announced details of a new report showing that the state’s $200 million investment in the reconstruction of the I-670/I-71 corridor will create or sustain nearly 1,000 jobs and generate $30 million in state and local tax revenue.  Wray made the announcement at the official launch of what is known as the Columbus Crossroads construction project.
“Major highway projects like this put people to work, improve safety and re-connect local communities that have been separated by geography and infrastructure since the interstate was built in the 1960s,” Wray said. “That’s exactly what is happening with the Columbus Crossroads project and we are excited to help put hundreds of Ohioans to work as soon as possible.”
The report, completed by Regionomics LLC, identifies 979 jobs created or sustained, either directly or indirectly, during the three-year project. Direct jobs include construction workers, project engineers and technical support services. Indirect jobs include suppliers, vendors and businesses that will benefit from worker spending.
The project is expected to pay $161.8 million in employee salaries over the next three years which will yield state and local governments $29,094,298 in additional sales and income tax revenue.
Details of the report coincided today with ODOT’s official launch of the Columbus Crossroads project – a three-year, $200 million investment in highway safety improvements and congestion reductions on I-71 and I-670 in downtown Columbus.
For more information about Columbus Crossroads, visit http://www.dot.state.oh.us/projects/71670/Pages/default.aspx or receive regular updates on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ODOT71670 and Twitter @ODOT71670. 


For more information contact: Nancy Burton in the ODOT District 6 Communications Office at 740-833-8063,or Steve Faulkner, ODOT Press Secretary, at 614-644-7101