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Central Ohio ODOT Construction To Include Fayette & Pickaway County

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(COLUMBUS) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is officially kicking off the 2021 construction season throughout the state, with more than 145 projects worth $540 million planned in the Central Ohio area this year. This includes 44 pavement improvement projects, 18 bridge projects, and 13 safety upgrades.

Safety remains a top priority in this year’s construction program and despite a 15.5 percent drop in traffic volumes last year, the increased revenue package passed in 2018 has allowed ODOT to continue funding its safety program at a pre-pandemic level and keep important maintenance projects on schedule.

“Thanks to the foresight of Gov. DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly and internal operational savings identified by our workforce, we have been able to weather this global pandemic. Without those extra funds, we would be nearly a billion dollars in the red,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “While other states have been delaying or cancelling projects, Ohio continues moving forward.”

This year Central Ohio will continue to see major progress at the Interstate 70/71 split in downtown Columbus, with the new ramp from Fulton St. to I-70 east scheduled to open this summer. Also in Franklin County, work on the South Side Mega Fix will wrap up in June, and I-71 widening work is underway south of State Route 665 to the Pickaway County Line.

East of Columbus, drivers can expect impacts on U.S. Route 40 in Licking County and another year of work to replace the State Route 661 bridge just south of Granville. A multi-year mega reconstruction project on I-70 through Zanesville is also slated to begin this summer.

An increase in orange barrels comes with an urgent plea for drivers to ditch the distractions and follow Ohio’s Move Over law to keep roadside workers safe. Despite fewer vehicles on the road last year, work zone crashes remained high.

“The men and women working to improve our roadways put their lives in your hands every day,” said Marchbanks. “Drivers should always pay attention behind the wheel, but work zones require extra attention and workers’ lives depend on it.”

Last year, ODOT crews were struck 125 times while on the job. So far this year, ODOT crews have already been hit 52 times. Ohio’s Move Over law requires drivers to move over a lane for any roadside vehicle with flashing lights. If they cannot move over, they must slow down.

Other area projects include:

(Fayette County)

PID 110073 I-71 RESURFACING Resurface I-71 from SR 41 in Fayette County to Yankeetown-Chenoweth Rd. in Madison County. Resurface bridges on County Roads 8, 9, 25, and 26. Estimated Begin: April 2021 Estimated End: October 2021 Project Cost: $7 million Traffic Impacts: Temporary lane and ramp closures 

PID 98139 SR 41 CULVERT REPLACEMENTS Replace culverts on SR 41 near Concord Rd. and Klondike Rd. Estimated Begin: June 2021 Estimated End: December 2022 Project Cost: $946,000 Traffic Impacts: 30-day closure with detour for each culvert

(Pickaway County)

PID 106267 CITY OF CIRCLEVILLE RESURFACING Resurface SR 56, SR 188, and U.S. 22 within the city of Circleville corporation limits. Estimated Begin: April 2021 Estimated End: September 2021 Project Cost: $900,000 Traffic Impacts: Daily lane closures, no closures during Circleville Pumpkin Show or Pickaway County Fair 

DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD:

ODOT District 5 Construction Guide
Projects in Licking, Fairfield, Knox, Coshocton, Muskingum, Perry, and Guernsey

ODOT District 6 Construction Guide
Projects in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union

Finalists Announced For United Way of Pickaway County Community Impact Award

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Last month, the United Way of Pickaway County announced the names of seven finalists for the 2021 Community Impact Award.

The 2021 finalists for the outstanding community volunteer honor are Mike Wagner, Cindy Wagner, Mark Denniston, Sharon Link, Suzie McMullen Ebenhack, Karla Exline, and Terrell Edwards.

United Way of Pickaway County Finalists For 2021 Community Impact Award

This year’s winner will be named on Saturday, April 10th at 2pm on the United Way of Pickaway County’s Facebook page by way of a livestream event. Members of the community are encouraged to vote daily for the candidate(s) of their choice until April 4th to help decide this year’s honoree.

The winner will have five scholarships named in their honor which will be awarded to high school seniors of the Class of 2021 in Pickaway County in May.

As a part of the online livestream, hosted by Mare Wilbanks, United Way of Pickaway County will highlight and honor each candidate and their contributions to the community through volunteerism.

The event will feature an advertisement for the United Way’s online auction to be held starting Sunday, April 11th at 5pm and running through Friday, April 16th at 9pm.  Head to the link here to view items up for bid.


Donations have been made possible by Deer Creek Lodge, Eldorado Scioto Downs and Hampton Inn, Easton TownePlace Suites, and Marriott Residence Inn (Mason, OH), Brew Brothers, Mum Mums, the Pickaway County Family YMCA, and Hampton Inn (Circleville).

This virtual Community Impact Auction will be a way to help fundraise for the nonprofits this year’s finalists volunteer and work on behalf of. Prospective bidders can head to the link below to access and view items.

All five online auction packages are local in-state getaways with all proceeds going to support the six Pickaway County community agencies the United Way supports: the Pickaway County Senior Center, the Haven House, Traditional Scouting with the Boy Scouts of America (Simon Kenton Council), Pickaway County Community Action Organization (PICCA), Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Ohio, Pickaway Area Recovery Services Inc., and the Pickaway Family YMCA.  

Members of the public can get to know the 2021 finalists by reading their bios and question and answers at the link here.

Be sure to vote for your candidate of choice daily until April 4th at the link here!

Goodwill Opens New Adult Day Services Center

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Goodwill of South Central Ohio is opening a new adult day services center on Monday, March 1 to fulfill an immediate need for individuals with disabilities in Pickaway County.

In January, the county’s only open adult day services center, Person Centered Services (PCS), closed suddenly. As a result, Goodwill’s administrative team began putting together a plan to open an Activities and Training Center at 5075 S. Union St. in South Bloomfield, about 6 miles from the former PCS site.

“We already provide various services to individuals with disabilities in Pickaway County, so this was an easy decision to make,” said Goodwill CEO Marvin Jones. “Our center employs three former PCS employees including former director Stephanie Smith who is our center’s supervisor. We’re excited about the experience they will bring to the center. Their presence will also help make the transition smoother for the individuals who attended PCS and decide to attend our center.”

Goodwill closed its South Bloomfield store on Feb. 6 to transform the salesfloor into the day center and purchased buses and vans to provide transportation for individuals attending the center. The donation center in the back of the building remains in operation accepting donations at the south entrance between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday. All store employees remain employed and have transitioned to operate the donation center or work in our Circleville store.

This isn’t the first time Goodwill has responded to fill a need for services in Pickaway County. In January, its workforce development team began a paid work experience training program, Project Connect. The program provides participants an opportunity to gain marketable skills by working with a job coach in a Goodwill store for up to six months. Upon completion of the program, participants will then work with a Goodwill employment specialist to identify and secure community employment.

In March 2020, Goodwill also launched its C.A.R.E. program in Pickaway County which provides homemaker/personal care, Ohio Shared Living, and assistive technology services.

“COVID has negatively impacted service options in the area for individuals with disabilities. While we’ve felt some of those effects at Goodwill, we’ve worked collaboratively with our boards of developmental disabilities in the eight counties we serve to find solutions,” said Missions Coordinator Cana Horner. “We have actually expanded the services we offer during the past year, and that’s partly due to the tremendous community support we get from those who donate to and shop at our thrift stores.”

There will be an open house for the new center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. March 1 by appointment only. Call Stephanie Smith at 740-248-9907 to schedule an appointment.

Remembering Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight E. Radcliff

One of America’s longest serving sheriff’s passed away Wednesday morning. Longtime Pickaway County Sheriff Dwight E. Radcliff was 87.

Radcliff served 12 consecutive terms as Pickaway County’s Sheriff, spanning 48 years. His career began as a deputy under his father Charles Radcliff who served in the position from 1931-1960. In 2013, current Pickaway County Sheriff, Robert B. Radcliff, succeeded his father Dwight.

“He was an icon among Sheriffs” Ross County Sheriff, George Lavender told Litter Media. “Longest serving, and the positions he held from the Buckeye Sheriffs’ Association to the National Association… and his family. I have nothing but the upmost respect for the Radcliff’s. If I remember correctly, he was the last Sheriff to live at the County Jail. He was just an icon.”

As per the Pickaway County Sheriff’s statement on Facebook, funeral arrangements are pending.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Pickaway County Sheriff Robert B. Radcliff regrets to announce that his father, former Pickaway…

Posted by Pickaway County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, May 6, 2020