By 1812Blockhouse, ODOT Release

The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced that it expects to invest a record $2.5 billion into more than 1,000 projects during this year’s construction season to improve transportation and make Ohio’s roads safer across the state.

“There is no better place to be than right here in Ohio, and these new projects will help us keep our infrastructure in a good state of repair,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Everyone in our state benefits from safe roads, and I am looking forward to seeing the end results of this year’s roadway improvement projects.”

This year’s construction program includes 31 new projects that are considered “major” with a value above $10 million. There are 190 safety projects aimed directly at reducing serious or deadly crashes. More than 5,700 miles of pavement will be improved, and 823 bridges will be repaired or replaced.

“These investments are made possible by hard-working Ohioans who use these roads and bridges every day to get to work, school, medical appointments, and family vacations. It is our duty to ensure the resources entrusted to us are used wisely,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.

This construction season isn’t all about building new roads. About 95 cents of every dollar is being invested back into preserving existing roads and bridges.

It is important for motorists to pay extra attention when driving through work zones. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, there were 4,628 work zone-related crashes in Ohio last year, 21 were deadly resulting in 23 deaths and 85 involved serious injuries. Summit County recorded the most in the state with 814 work zone crashes. June is the top month for work zone crashes (585) with Wednesday being the top day (833). Most occur between 3 – 5 P.M.

In 2022, there were 133 ODOT crews (workers, vehicles, and equipment) struck while working along Ohio roadways.

“These workers are out there ensuring that your travels are as safe as possible. They just ask for your attention and patience in return,” said Marchbanks.

Ohio’s Move Over law requires drivers to move over a lane for vehicles with flashing lights. If drivers cannot safely move over, they are required to slow down.

Richland County’s 2023 Projects are as follows. These are in addition to ODOT District 3-wide projects that include mowing, maintenance, and more.

U.S. Route 30 Major Rehabilitation

  • Location: From SR 309 to just east of the 5th Ave ramps
  • Sale Date: April 16, 2020
  • Award Date: April 22, 2020
  • Estimated Begin: May 2020
  • Estimated End: May 2023
  • Project Cost: $7 million
  • Contractor: Shelly & Sands Inc.
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic will be maintained at all times

State Route 314 Signal Replacement

  • Location: At the intersection of SR 314 and 4th Street
  • Sale Date: May 26, 2022
  • Award Date: June 3, 2022
  • Estimated Begin Date: August 2022
  • Estimated Completion Date: April 2023
  • Project Cost: $235,724
  • Contractor: Greenwich Electric Inc.
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic will be maintained at all times

State Route 39 Bridge Replacement

  • Location: Between E 6th Street and Lafayette Ave in the city of Mansfield
  • Sale Date: October 13, 2022
  • Award Date: October 20, 2022
  • Estimated Begin: April 2023
  • Estimated End: August 2023
  • Project Cost: $1.2 million
  • Contractor: Rietschlin Construction Inc.
  • Traffic Impacts: 120 day closure

U.S. Route 30 Minor Rehabilitation

  • Location: Resurfacing from the Fifth Ave Interchange ramps to just past the Ashland County Line
  • Sale Date: December 1, 2022
  • Award Date: December 8, 2022
  • Estimated Begin: April 2023
  • Estimated End: October 2023
  • Project Cost: $8.6 million
  • Contractor: Kokosing Construction Company Inc.
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic will be maintained at all times

U.S. Route 30 Minor Rehab

  • Location: Resurfacing and bridge maintenance along U.S. 30 from the Crawford County line to just west of Old Lincoln Way
  • Sale Date: February 23, 2023
  • Estimated Begin: May 2023
  • Estimated End: September 2023
  • Project Cost: $5.9 million
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic will be maintained at all times

U.S. Route 30 Environmental Mitigation

  • Location: Excavation of material within the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District along U.S. 30 between I-71 and SR 603
  • Sale Date: March 30, 2023
  • Estimated Begin: May 2023
  • Estimated End: July 2023
  • Project Cost: $1 million
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic will be maintained at all times

U.S. Route 42 and State Route 430 Bridge Repairs

  • Location: U.S. 42 at the structure over Fleming Falls Creek, south of Fleming Falls Road and SR 430 at the structure over Touby Run, just east of Home Road, and at the structure just east of N Willis Ave
  • Sale Date: April 13, 2023
  • Estimated Begin: May 2023
  • Estimated End: November 2023
  • Project Cost: $778,000
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic maintained at all times

State Route 98 Culvert Replacement

  • Location: Between SR 598 and Baker Road
  • Sale Date: April 27, 2023
  • Estimated Begin: May 2023
  • Estimated End: August 2023
  • Project Cost: $220,000
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: 30 day detour

State Route 96 Bridge Replacement

  • Location: Just east of SR 603
  • Sale Date: May 11, 2023
  • Estimated Begin: June 2023
  • Estimated End: November 2023
  • Project Cost: $2.5 Million
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: 120 day closure

State Route 603 Bridge Repair

  • Location: Between Snake Road and Rome Greenwich Road
  • Sale Date: May 11, 2023
  • Estimated Begin: July 2023
  • Estimated End: November 2023
  • Project Cost: $1.4 million
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: 90 day detour

State Route 95 Minor Rehab

  • Location: Resurfacing from the Knox County line to the village of Butler’s norther corporation limit
  • Sale Date: October 1, 2023
  • Estimated Begin: May 2024
  • Estimated End: June 2024
  • Project Cost: $2 million
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: Traffic will be maintained at all times

State Route 61 & State Route 598 Culvert Replacements

  • Location: SR 61 between Opdyke Road and SR 98
  • SR 598 between Dinninger Road and Henry Road
  • Sale Date: January 1, 2024
  • Estimated Begin: April 2024
  • Estimated End: July 2024
  • Project Cost: $385,000
  • Contractor: Unknown
  • Traffic Impacts: 30 day detour on SR 61

Source: ODOT; Image by s m anamul rezwan from Pixabay

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