COLUMBUS – A new litter control program that brings in the business community to help in the effort is now under way in Ohio.
Over the past few weeks, the first signage related to the Sponsor-A-Highway program has been installed along highways in the northeast Ohio area. The statewide program allows businesses and groups to fund litter removal services along one-mile, one-direction segments of state highways. In exchange for their sponsorship, the name of the business or group is displayed on a sign within their sponsored segment.
The program is administrated through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) but at no cost to the state. The financing of the program is through the sponsorships of the businesses who choose to become involved.
“The need to do more regarding litter prevention and abatement came at the direction of Governor Mike DeWine. The appearance of our highways is important to Governor DeWine, and to us as the state agency charged with maintaining highways and interstates,” said Jack Marchbanks, ODOT director. “This new program provides support to us in our litter control efforts and allows area businesses the opportunity to promote their advocacy for cleaner highways in their communities,” he said.
Segments are cleaned a minimum of once per month by employees working for two separate vendors who were awarded the contracts for the state. Similar programs are in place in over half the states in the nation.
The program complements ODOT’s existing Adopt-A-Highway program, where volunteer groups adopt a two-mile segment of two-lane highway. “With this program, area businesses may share in the task of litter removal along our highways,” said Marchbanks.
Businesses interested in sponsoring a section may contact either vendor:
(ODOT) – Motorists driving through parts of Fayette County will start seeing some lane restrictions due to a couple of Ohio Department of Transportation projects beginning Monday, July 25th.
State Route 41 between Carrs Mill-Jamestown Road and State Route 323 will close starting Monday, July 25 through Friday, August 5 for culvert replacement. Detour: SR 41 to I-71 to SR 38 to SR 323 to SR 41 or reverse.
U.S. 62 between North St. and Duffy Dr. within the city of Washington Court House will have daily lane restrictions (7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) starting Monday, July 25 through September 2022 for resurfacing.
A resurfacing project that began July 18th involves U.S. Route 35 northbound and southbound between State Route 753 and the Ross/Fayette County Line will have various daily lane restrictions (7am–7pm) through Summer 2022.
(Dayton) – Nan Whaley, the Democrat Party nominee for Ohio Governor, has repeated her call for Governor Mike DeWine to suspend the state’s gasoline tax for six months.
“Axios has reported that Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and Dayton were among the country’s top ten cities with the highest percentage change in annual commuting costs.”
Last month, Whaley called on the Governor to suspend the tax between July 1st and December 31st, 2022, in order to provide immediate relief to Ohioans struggling with the skyrocketing cost of gas.
Thus far, Governor DeWine has declined that request.
Whaley suggested ensuring that any lost money from the gas tax suspension is made up for by either directing funds from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, or from the federal infrastructure funds to states to the Ohio Department of Transportation and local governments so they can continue their important work of improving Ohio’s infrastructure.
“Ohioans deserve a governor who responds to crisis with action. Not one who sees working families paying more and struggling to make ends meet and simply shrugs his shoulders,” said Whaley/Stephens for Ohio Communications Director, Courtney Rice.
(ODOT District 9 in Chillicothe) – Work has begun on an emergency repair of the Adena Road bridge over U.S. 35. Crews are completing preparations on U.S. 35 Westbound this week.
The repair is scheduled to take about 3-4 weeks to complete once the project begins. During the project, traffic on U.S. 35 westbound will be reduced to one lane between S.R. 104 and Pleasant Valley Road, and the on-ramp from S.R. 104 to U.S. 35 Westbound will be closed starting July 14.
Adena Road Detour: Traffic can detour via Orange Street, Piatt Avenue, Buckeye Street, S.R. 104, and Pleasant Valley Road.
U.S. 35 Westbound On-Ramp Detour: Traffic will be detoured via U.S. 35 Eastbound to Bridge Street to U.S. 35 Westbound