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  • How does ODOT’s new approach to preservation differ from past strategies?

    Over the past decade, ODOT has steadily moved toward a more data-focused approach to monitoring, maintaining and improving our transportation system--and especially our greatest assets: Ohio’s roads and bridges. Our new Transportation Asset Management Plan (TAMP) is an innovative approach that will allow us to redirect an estimated $300 million back into preservation activity over the next six years.

    Traditionally, ODOT's preservation strategy (also known as "asset management") took the "worst first" approach—repairing roads and bridges in the worst condition with highly expensive treatments. Under our new TAMP, we will still address critical needs, but will also extend the life of our assets on a consistent statewide basis with more cleaning, sweeping, sealing, and micro-surfacing (applying treatments other than asphalt) than ever before. It's like changing oil in the car regularly as opposed to waiting until the engine becomes damaged and requires expensive repairs..
  • Why are you doing this now?

    Simply stated, ODOT's preservation plan is just good business and it's the right thing to do for Ohio's motorists and taxpayers.

    At ODOT, we spend 93% of our time, money and staff resources taking care of what we have--in other words, preserving and managing our assets. But while preservation costs continue to increase, funding does not. Ohio’s gas tax has remained flat since 2006; meanwhile, what used to cost ODOT $1 in 2006 now costs $1.56.

    Today, as the result of advancements in technology, improvements in our processes, and careful planning and collaboration, we have a powerful and cost-effective strategy to stretch Ohio’s dollars while making its roads and bridges last longer.
  • How will this new approach benefit me?

    1) It results in better roadway conditions, improving safety and traffic flow for motorists, truck drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists – all road users acoss the state.

    2) It’s important to our economy because the roads under ODOT’s care move 67% of the state’s freight traffic. Plus, better road conditions help you get to work on time, products to the store when you need them, and your latest online order to your door.

    3) It’s a smarter use of Ohio’s taxpayer dollars--paying smaller amounts on the work we do now so we don’t pay a lot more to fix problems later.
  • Why do ODOT crews spend so much time sweeping or cleaning bridges? What good does that do?

    Bridge cleaning keeps the joints, side structure, surfaces and drains in good repair and performing properly. If you don’t clean a bridge regularly, the dirt and water sit on the steel, which can make it rust and deteriorate more rapidly. Bridges are very expensive. Making them last longer is smart and cost-effective for you, our taxpayers.
  • Chip sealing is hard on my car. Why are you planning to do more of it?

    ODOT has been chip sealing roads for 25 years. Over that time, we have developed a specialized process that assures quality and eliminates damage to vehicles. We take care to use the right equipment, work in the right temperatures, and apply and set the surface properly. We’re working to get it done right because that’s our pledge to taxpayers.

    With chip seal, ODOT can maintain roads at a fourth of the cost of traditional overlays. Chip seal also extends road life by five to seven years, reduces the need to seal cracks, and provides more skid resistance. Done right, it’s a smart, cost-effective way to resurface roads.
  • How else is ODOT taking care of what we have?

    Collaboration is always critical to our success. We continuously interact with our front line crews and our contractors to share information and benefit from their first-hand, practical knowledge. We also capture, analyze and replicate successes across the state, and continuously improve methods wherever and whenever we can.
  • What tools does ODOT use create a preservation plan?

    We use state-of-the-art technology for improved decision-making, including programs like our Pavement Management System and Transportation Information Mapping System (TIMS), a robust data source with the latest on ODOT facilities, roads and bridges, airports, ports, transit systems, culverts, safety barriers, railroads, intermodal facilities and much more.
  • Why hasn’t my road been fixed yet?

    Our software uses objective data analysis to determine road resurfacing priorities. It also recommends which type of resurfacing treatment goes on which road. It factors in things like traffic volume and overall road condition to help us make better decisions when spending taxpayer dollars. We’re also relying even more on the first-hand practical knowledge of our highway technicians who know what’s happening on our roads and bridges every day.
  • We deserve good roads like everybody else. Why can’t we have our roads paved with asphalt?

    ODOT has several options for paving roads. The method we use on a particular road is based on objective data analysis that considers things like traffic volume and overall road condition. Our program technology also determines road resurfacing priorities with the highest benefit to the entire statewide road network.
  • I still see a lot of orange barrels every summer? Isn’t ODOT spending a lot on building new highways and bridges?

    ODOT rarely builds brand new roads and bridges. In fact, 93% of our time, money and labor are devoted to preserving and improving the more than 43,000 miles of roads and 14,000 bridges we already have on the state system.