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area construction plans
By Lauren Pack, Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The 2012 road construction season is under way with Ohio Department of
Transportation slated to complete 800 construction projects this year.
The projects include resurfacing 3,700 miles of interstate and state
routes as well as repairs, upgrades, improvements and maintenance to
hundreds of bridges, culverts, guardrails, interchanges and hillsides.
ODOT maintains and preserves nearly 50,000 lane miles of interstates
The projects carry a price tag of $1.8 billion, but the state still
needs more than $1.6 billion to finish additional phases of 35 major
new expansion projects in the state.
In ODOT District 8, which encompasses the counties of Butler, Warren,
Greene, Clinton, Preble, Clermont and Hamilton counties, 98 projects
are slated for work, according to Steve Mary, deputy director.
Mary said roadways are essential to reliable transportation that with
$438 billion in good shipped by trucks annually.
ODOT officials gathered on Yankee Road in Middletown Tuesday to outline
the 2012 projects and also announced the alignment between
transportation and economic development with the formation of the
Office of Jobs & Commerce. The office works with public and private
partners to find cash to address transportation solutions of companies
adding new jobs.
The Yankee Road widening project has been accelerated due to a
partnership between public and private funding that coordinates with
expansion plans for businesses and industry located on the road that
gets lots of truck traffic.
In Warren County, the $89 million I-71/Jeremiah Morrow Bridge
replacement moves into its third year with construction of the
Reconstruction and widening work on Interstate 75 in Warren and Butler
counties will be complete by the end of this summer, according to
Sharon Smigielski, ODOT District 8 public information officer.
The two projects, at a cost of $210 million, reconstructed nearly 20
miles of I-75, added a fourth lane in each direction, upgraded several
interchanges and replaced or rehabbed a number of bridge overpasses.
In Hamilton County, work also continues on the $54 million project to
replace the U.S. 50 Waldvogel Viaduct. In addition, two phases of the
Mill Creek Expressway are under way with work at the I-75/Mitchell
Avenue and at the I-74/Colerain/Beekman interchanges.
Addition projects in Butler County include, bridge repairs on U.S. 127
and Ohio 129; intersection improvement at U.S. 127 and Ohio 73 and the
widening of U.S. 42 for a turn lane addition.
In Preble County, U.S. 40 will be resurfaced and four bridges will be
improved by replacement or culvert improvements.
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