Previously deferred maintenance projects back
$156 million in
projects had been on hold during transportation budget debate
COLUMBUS - With the
Ohio Department of Transportation facing major funding issues at the beginning
of 2019, the Department delayed about $156 million in maintenance projects to
balance the budget. However, with additional funding coming from the Transportation
Budget (House Bill 62) those projects are back on schedule.
projects extend the life of our roads and bridges. We want to make sure we're
doing the best job possible to take care of the investment the public has made
in transportation," said ODOT Director Dr. Jack Marchbanks.
Without the increased
revenue, these projects likely would not have been completed and more costly
major repair or replacement projects would have been required in the future.
"Just like a
vehicle, it is much cheaper to change the oil regularly than replace the entire
engine. Roads and bridges don't get better with age. They require attention and
regular maintenance," said Marchbanks.
The projects include
bridge painting, bridge deck replacement, minor repair work, and roadway
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for a list of the projects that will now move forward.