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State Funding Increased for Ohio Bridge Projects

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The Ohio Department of Transportation has announced an increase in Ohio’s yearly funding allocation for local bridge projects by $47.5 million for the next five years, bringing Ohio’s annual investment in county and municipal bridges to $112.5 million per year.

Courtesy of ODOT

Funding provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for bridges maintained by the state’s 88 county engineers will increase from $34 million to $74 million annually, and municipal-owned bridge funding will increase from $11 million to $18.5 million each year.

The additional $47.5 million is part of the $104 million in bridge funding that Ohio will receive in each of the next five years as part of the recently enacted federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law requires Ohio to invest $15.6 million of the $104 million each year into bridges owned by municipalities, townships, and counties, but Governor DeWine’s announcement today more than triples the amount going to local communities.

Small locally-owned bridges will also be eligible for funding as part of ODOT’s Local Major Bridge Program, bringing the total number of eligible bridges from 54 to 238. The program pays for up to 80 percent of the construction and engineering costs for major bridge projects with a cap of $20 million.

“ODOT will continue to aggressively address bridges throughout the state that are under our jurisdiction while at the same time doing everything we can to ensure our local partners have the resources they need to address their most critical issues,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.

Local governments can apply for ODOT funding through the ODOT Office of Local Programs website. Ohio’s 88 County Engineers will continue to apply for funding through dedicated programs managed by the County Engineers Association of Ohio.

ODOT’s total local bridge investment of $112.5 million in each of the next five years combines the new federal funding with other programs that aid local governments. The total investment for both state and local bridges is $407.5 million per year.

National Work Zone Awareness Week

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(Columbus) – The Ohio Department of Transportation are observing National Work Zone Awareness Week, an effort launched in 1997 as a public awareness campaign to help everyone understand they play a role in keeping motorists and roadway workers safe. This year’s theme is “Work Zones are a Sign to Slow Down.”

Last year, there were 4,796 crashes in Ohio work zones, 35% of them occurred with workers present. These crashes resulted in 1,759 injuries and 29 deaths. Of those, 20 workers were injured and 1 killed.

ODOT workers, vehicles, and equipment were hit 154 times last year, resulting in 5 injuries. Already this year, ODOT crews have been hit more than 70 times.

“Speed and distracted driving are two of the biggest issues we see in our work zones. Ask any ODOT worker and they likely have a ‘close call’ story to tell. That’s unacceptable. Move over, slow down, and above all pay attention when you’re on the road. The lives of our men and women depend on it,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.

In 2021, the Ohio State Highway Patrol issued 6,015 citations in work zones with 41% being more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit.

Ohio law requires you to move over a lane for any roadside worker or vehicle with flashing lights. If you cannot safely move over, you’re required to slow down.

There have been 162 ODOT workers killed on the job, the last being John Pasko who was hit on I-680 in Mahoning County on March 15, 2018.

Nationally, work zone deaths have risen for five of the past six years. What many fail to recognize is the vast majority of people killed in work zone crashes are motorists and their passengers. In 2020, 117 of the 857 fatalities were work zone workers, making it all the more important for drivers to slow down and stay focused while approaching and passing through a roadway work zone.

Tree Trimming To Temporarily Close State Route 335 In Scioto County

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(ODOT)- State Route 335 will be closed daily for tree trimming work by Scioto County ODOT crews starting January 10th.

Work will be performed daily from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday between Barklow Road and Gampp Lane.

State Route 335 will be open with no restrictions outside of working hours. The estimated completion date is January 21st by 4pm.

During periods of closure, traffic will be detoured via State Route 335, State Route 139, and U.S. Route 52.

ODOT Seeks Input For Mad River Road Realignment

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(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 curve realignment on Mad River Road (County Road 7) in a rural area of Union Township of Highland County.

The project will be constructed at the intersection of State Route 73 and CR 7. No streams will be impacted. The project area will require approximately 1.421 acres of permanent right-of-way. The permanent right-of-way is located along agricultural field and residential lawns.

The project area will require approximately 0.027 acres of temporary right-of-way. The temporary right-of-way is located along agricultural field and residential lawns. No homes or businesses will be removed by the project. The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project.

The local detour is CR 7 to SR 73 to CR 9 (Powel Road) to CR 7. The local detour is approximately 3 miles.

The funding for the project includes Federal, State and Local sources. The environmental commitment date is 12/31/2021. The project is currently expected to be awarded 10/10/2023.

Written comments should be submitted by November 26, 2021, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: greg.manson@dot.ohio.gov