Major investment in Ohio’s infrastructure touted, ODOT announces $2.3 billion in projects

MARIETTA, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 is holding its Construction Kickoff event on Thursday, March 30 at 10 am. The event will be held at the Athens County ODOT Garage, located at 700 W Union Street in Athens.

During this event ODOT District 10’s upcoming construction season will be discussed. Additionally, Athens City Engineer and Director of Public Works Andy Stone and Ohio University’s Associate Vice-President for Architecture, Design and Construction, Greg Robertson, will discuss upcoming projects in the city and at the university.
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“ODOT will hold Construction Kickoff events in every district across the state on March 30,” explained ODOT District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams. “We are looking forward to partnering with the City of Athens and Ohio University for our event at the Athens County ODOT Garage.”

In total there will be 75 construction projects in ODOT District 10 at a cost of $90 million. This includes:

– 15 slide repair projects ($10 million)

– 13 bridge projects ($10 million)

– 25 pavement projects ($46 million)

– 8 safety projects ($7 million)

– 13 maintenance projects ($12 million)

District 10’s biggest new project for the upcoming construction season will take place on US 33 from Columbus Road to E State Street in Athens County, where the concrete pavement will be removed and replaced with full depth asphalt pavement. The cost is $13 million.

“The Ohio Department of Transportation is committed to taking care of what it has, and the Athens 33 project is a perfect example of that,” said ODOT District 10 Construction Administrator Cary Betzing “With the rehabilitation of this pavement on one of the busiest routes in our district, we hope the short term inconvenience will provide years of maintenance free, safe travel.”

Statewide, the Ohio Department of Transportation will invest $2.3 billion into the state’s roads and bridges, just shy of the $2.4 billion record investments made in 2014 and 2015. This construction season will include 1,098 projects, 26 valued at more than $10 million. For every project to go off without a hitch, they could benefit from using a construction project management software to help update the relevant companies about their success and daily progress, ensuring that everyone stays in the loop.

Ohio University updates its six-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) annually. The current plan is the FY17-FY22 CIP, which includes over 80 projects budgeted at $124M scheduled to be under construction over the summer of 2017.

“Among the most visible projects on campus are a replacement of the culverts that run under South Green Drive and the demolition of Martzolff and O’Bleness House on the South Green,” said Ohio University’s Associate Vice-President for Architecture, Design and Construction, Greg Robertson. “At the end of the summer, we plan to break ground on the new Sook Academic Center, an 11,000-square-foot building located on the northern end of Peden Stadium that provides academic support services for student athletes.”

The City of Athens Engineering and Public Works Department will undertake several major projects in 2017, including projects at the US 33 and E State Street interchange and in the block between S Court and S Congress Streets.

“The most prominent project will be the McKinley Drive Extension,” said Athens City Engineer Andy Stone. “This $2.2mil project extends an access road from Stimson Ave. to Mill Street, providing tractor-trailer access from several manufacturing businesses directly to US 33/50, as well as passenger vehicle access to the northeast part of Ohio University and the surrounding neighborhood. The project also involves a new roundabout, functioning as a prominent city entrance.”