(Chillicothe) – As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation—District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input for a project to replace multiple culverts on forest roads in Scioto Trails State Forest.
ROS – Scioto Trails State Forest Culverts (PID: 111168) – A total of 114 culverts will be replaced on State Forest Roads 4 and 6 in Scioto Trail State Forest. All replacement culverts will be between 18-48 inches in diameter and will range from 23 feet to 50 feet in length.
Other work around the culverts/headwalls will consist of placing minimal amounts of rock channel protection and incidental pavement or gravel surface repairs.All work will be completed from the existing roadway.
No new right-of-way will be needed for the project.No homes or businesses will be removed by the project.
The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project. The detour will be determined at a later date.The funding for the project is 100% State. The project is currently expected to be awarded 6/6/2022.
Written comments should be submitted by February 26, 2022, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor, 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Chillicothe) – As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation—District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input for a bridge replacement on C.R. 39 (Mulga Road) in Jackson County.
JAC-CR 39-3.06 (PID: 103780) – It is proposed to replace the structure on C.R. 39 at the 3.06 mile mark in Jackson County, Ohio. The project is located in a rural area of Milton Township. The existing structure is a single span steel truss with timber decking on stone abutments with reinforced concrete cap on spread footings. The structure was built in 1963. The new structure will be a single span composite prestressed box beam with reinforced concrete deck on semi-integral abutments on existing stone abutments.
The project will not require new right-of-way.No homes or businesses will be removed by the project.
The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project.The local detour will be S.R. 32 to C.R. 38 (Hiram West Rd) to S.R. 124 to C.R. 39 (Mulga Rd). The local detour is approximately 6 miles.
The funding for the project is 95% State and 5% Local. The environmental commitment date is 10/1/2022. The project is currently expected to be awarded 1/2/2023.
Written comments should be submitted by February 25, 2022, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor, 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: email@example.com
(Columbus) – Attention Ohio school districts! The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has an opportunity for you or your partners to apply for funding to develop and implement projects that enable and encourage children to safely walk or bike to school.
ODOT’s Safe Routes to School program is funded at $4 million annually for infrastructure improvements such as pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, new or improved sidewalks, and bike racks and non-infrastructure activities such as walk to school days, bike rodeos, public awareness campaigns, or educational programs.
“Keeping our children safe as they travel to and from school is important,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “This program provides adequate resources for necessary bike and pedestrian improvements, so routes between home and school are safe, convenient, and accessible.”
Eligible applicants include local governments, school districts, health districts, park districts, or key non-profit partners involved in advancing safe routes to school in your community. ODOT will make awards on a competitive basis to projects that have been identified in a plan or to applicants requesting School Travel Plan development assistance. For full guidance on eligibility, be sure to check out the 2022 SRTS Application Guidance.
Many Safe Routes to School projects have been completed throughout Ohio. One example is a project in Eaton that included multiple pedestrian related improvements associated with the Eaton Community Schools School Travel Plan including the installation of signage, high visibility crosswalk markings, and other measures to improve cross walk safety.
Several have been completed in the Milan school district, including promoting Walk to School Day where students received prizes for participating and a bike rodeo where school officials, health department officials, or even police officers come to teach kids about bicycle safety.
A project to construct new sidewalks in Richwood was complete just in time to welcome students back for the 2021-22 school year. Improvements included bridging the gap between the existing residential sidewalks and North Union Elementary School. To learn more about this project, check out it’s segment in ODOT’s video series, The Loop.
Projects will be selected based on their ability to demonstrate improved connectivity, improved safety, impact on school trips, and need. Additionally, projects will be reviewed for accurate cost estimates, program sustainability, and overall community commitment to implementing the project or program.
For more information on applying, please visit www.transportation.ohio.gov/saferoutes. Here you will find additional application guidelines as well as your region’s Safe Routes to School contact. The application deadline is March 4, 2022.
(Chillicothe) – As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation—District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input for a bridge replacement on State Route 138 in Ross County.
ROS-138-10.38 (PID: 110557) – It is proposed to replace the structure on SR 138 at the 10.38 mile mark in Ross County, Ohio. The project is located in a rural area of Concord Township.
The existing structure is a three-span continuous concrete slab on capped pile piers and capped pile abutments. The structure was built in 1957. The new structure will be three-span reinforced concrete slab on capped pile piers and capped pile abutments.
The project will not require new right-of-way. No homes or businesses will be removed by the project. The roadway will be open for the duration of the project.
The funding for the project is 80% Federal and 20% Local.
The environmental commitment date is 2/1/2022. The project is currently expected to be awarded 10/1/2022.
Written comments should be submitted by January 7, 2022, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor, 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Columbus) — As older adults hit the road to join family and friends over the holidays, Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Ohio Department of Public Safety the Ohio Department of Aging, and AAA are reminding Ohio drivers to “Stay Fit to Drive” by following a few basic safety tips.
In conjunction with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (Dec. 6-10), the Governor is also unveiling a new web page, transportation.Ohio.gov/olderdrivers, with resources specifically created for older drivers, as well as their family, friends and caregivers.
“Although older adults are among the safest drivers on Ohio’s roads, their risk of being injured or killed in a crash increases with age,” said Governor DeWine. “This new website puts resources for older drivers in one place to help them stay independent longer while reducing risks to themselves and others on the road.”
People age 65 and older make up the fastest growing segment of drivers nationally and in Ohio. Between 2010 and 2019, the U.S. population of people age 65 and older grew by 34%, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In recent years, fatal crashes involving this age group have also increased.
Data from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) shows the number of deaths involving older drivers spiked in 2019, when 271 people died in crashes on Ohio roads, representing 23% of all traffic deaths statewide. While older driver crash deaths declined in 2020 when many older drivers stayed home, they are rising again this year as vaccinations increase and older adults resume activities.
“Many older Ohioans started driving less in the early months of the pandemic,” said Kimberly Schwind with the Ohio Conference of AAA Clubs. “As they hit the road again their driving skills may be a little rusty, or their health or vision may have changed. That’s why it’s imperative older Ohioans and their families take the time to assess their driving abilities and take the necessary steps to stay safe on the road.”
Normal aging may increase common risk factors for roadway crashes, including changes in vision, hearing, strength, visibility, reflexes, and memory. Medical conditions and certain medications also may impact the ability to drive safely. In addition, older drivers may drive older vehicles that no longer fit their needs (e.g., too big or too small; or seats, steering wheel and mirrors do not adjust sufficiently). Finally, a fear of driving and traffic can increase the risk of a crash.
Resources for Road Users and Their Families:
To help prevent crashes, Ohio has state and local program resources that can help older drivers adopt strategies to stay safe on the road, as well as find alternatives to driving if they can no longer do so safely. These resources can be found on the new website, transportation.Ohio.gov/olderdrivers.
In addition, the Ohio Department of Aging has tips and resources for older Ohioans and their families. They help older drivers maintain their driving abilities and independence and understand the factors that affect their ability to stay behind the wheel safely. They also provide advice for discussing the topic with family members and finding transportation resources. Visit aging.ohio.gov/olderdrivers.
Tips for Older Driver Safety:
Governor DeWine and AAA also offer these tips for older drivers:
Stay aware of your changing physical, vision and hearing abilities and adjust your driving habits accordingly.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if any medical conditions you have or medications you take could make it unsafe to drive.
Do most of your driving during daylight and in good weather. Avoid busy roadways and rush hours whenever possible.
Plan your route before you drive and choose routes with well-lit streets, intersections with left turn signals and easy parking.
Avoid distractions while driving, including talking or texting on a cell phone, eating, or listening to a loud radio.
Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you so you can react if the other driver stops or slows suddenly.
Do not drive too slowly, as this can be as unsafe as speeding.
UPDATE: Waverly Mayor Greg Kempton released a statement late Thursday afternoon of a change to the announced detour by the Ohio Department of Transportation (in our report below). Now, traffic will be maintained in a limited capacity on US 23 instead of a detour.
The village of Waverly is planning a one day full-closure of U.S. 23 at the intersection of S.R. 220 (Market Street) for a building demolition on Saturday, December 4 from 7 AM – 3 PM.
U.S. 23 Southbound Detour – Traffic will be detoured via Clough Street, North Street, S.R. 220, and Ford Avenue.
U.S. 23 Northbound Detour – Traffic will be detoured via Lock Street, Second Street, and Clough Street.
Following demolition of the structure, U.S. 23 will reopen to traffic. Once all debris and equipment have been removed, S.R. 220 will also reopen.
Inquiries regarding this closure and associated operations should be directed to the village of Waverly at 740-947-5162
(Columbus)–Roads are expected to be busy as millions travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
AAA is predicting the highest single-year increase in Thanksgiving travel since 2005 with nearly 2.2 million Ohioans traveling between Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Sunday Nov. 28. Nearly 90% of these travelers driving to their destinations, which will create congested roadways, especially Wednesday and Sunday in the afternoon and evening.
During the busy holiday travel period, AAA expects to respond to more than 400,000 roadside assistance calls. To avoid breakdowns, travelers should ensure their vehicles are road trip ready.
With the extra holiday traffic, the Ohio Department of Transportation will suspend roadwork and open as many lanes as possible. However, work zones on I-75 in Toledo, Dayton, and Cincinnati, I-70 in Springfield and Zanesville, I-70/71 in downtown Columbus, and I-76 and I-77 in Akron are among those where drivers could encounter delays. Drivers should pay extra attention while driving through work zones and allow additional time to reach your destination. A map of all active work zones, updated traffic conditions, and nearly 1,000 live traffic cameras is available at OHGO.com or on the OHGO app.
ODOT will also use more than 130 digital message boards to reinforce safe driving behaviors like driving sober, buckling up, obeying the speed limit, and dropping distractions.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to buckle up, never drive impaired and always follow traffic laws. Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday reporting period, there were 11 fatal crashes that killed 11 people on Ohio’s roadways. Five of those fatalities were the result of impaired driving and four were unbuckled when a seatbelt was available. Troopers will have an increased presence on Ohio’s roadways to promote a safe Thanksgiving holiday.