Another near-record construction season in
More than 1,000 projects improved roads and
- Boasting one of the largest network of roads and bridges in the nation,
Ohio spent $2.07 billion on projects to maintain or replace roads and bridges
across the state in 2019. These projects were funded by the state and federal
motor fuel tax.
"Those who use our
roads and bridges pay to maintain and improve them. Unfortunately, as the costs
of maintaining and building roads and bridges continued to go up, revenues from
the state motor fuel tax, a user fee, did not," said Ohio Department of
Transportation Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks. "However, the new
transportation budget, which takes effect on Monday, includes additional
revenues that will allow Ohio to continue moving forward."
season included a total of 1,034 projects with 90 percent aimed at
preserving existing roads and bridges. These projects included paving 5,166
miles of roadway, working on 871 bridges, and completing 246 safety-focused
Since 1990, truck
traffic in Ohio has increased by 66 percent and passenger vehicle traffic is up
41 percent. The state's population has grown by 7.4 percent. At the same time,
the number of lane miles maintained by ODOT has only grown by 3.6 percent.
"To some, orange barrels may mean
frustration and delay, but they’re really a sign of progress and a growing
economy in our state," said Marchbanks.
You can find locations
and information about construction projects by clicking here.