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Three freeway lane closures will create major traffic jams this summer so ODOT has prepared a Spotify playlist to help ease the pain of getting stuck in traffic. For sure there are better things to do in life than getting stuck in a traffic jam. Avoid the mess and use BigFixPDX.com to sign up for construction alerts, find travel options and learn about all the work ODOT is doing to preserve roads so they can serve drivers in the future.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation will present a free Transportation & Construction Job Fair with industry recruiters May 23 in Oklahoma City for anyone interested in a job related to highway construction or transportation. Women and minorities are encouraged to attend.

At its May 1 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission took unprecedented action on new construction projects due to the ongoing state budget crisis. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation also updated commissioners on proposals being considered by the legislature that would affect transportation funding and the impacts to construction already underway.

A new construction project on Interstate 75 in Ohio is scheduled to start this fall, adding to the frustrations of drivers. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the seven-phased Thru the Valley project will begin on 8 mi. (12.9 km) of I-75.

Pier protection will be part of a nearly $20 million bridge rehabilitation project now under way on the 23rd St. bridge over I-244 in Tulsa, Okla. The work will impact traffic on the 23rd St. bridge until early 2018 and drivers are advised to plan ahead to adjust for slowing.

Oregon's transportation system is critical to the economy: one in five jobs in the state is transportation and trade-related, and as a trade-dependent state it relies heavily on exports from farms, forests and factories to support jobs. Two new reports from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) show that at the state's current rate of investment, Oregon's roads and bridges will deteriorate, and the impacts to the economy and consumers' pocketbooks will be far-reaching.

The city of Wadsworth is the center of a $12.4 million Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) road project that is widening a section of SR 94 (High Street) to two lanes in each direction with an added median in the center and a multi-use path. The work includes widening the highway bridge, realigning the Great Oaks Trail/Park Centre Drive intersection, the construction of corridors or alleys to reach businesses, the installation of a median along the center of SR 94, placing of additional traffic signals and a mutli-use path for pedestrian and bike traffic.

The construction season will bring a near-record of road projects in Ohio, costing more than $2 billion. The Ohio Department of Transportation will invest $2.3 billion into the state's bridges and roads, slightly less than the record $2.4 billion spent in 2014 and 2015.

Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico said March 28 that it has reached an agreement to buy Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp. for $2.1 billion. Grupo Mexico Transportes said it will acquire 100 percent of the company's shares and assume its debt, pending approval of the deal by regulatory authorities.

When word of a slide came in the wee hours of Feb. 22 on one of the most scenic portions of Oregon's Highway 101, the Oregon Department of Transportation was quick to send out a crew, but work on the slide would have to wait. “It was dark,” said ODOT spokesman Lou Torres.

Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's Jan. 4 meeting include an update on state funding for transportation, approval of funds for 11 rail crossing projects and award of an engineering contract to design an innovative bridge project in Kay County.