Ohio Department of Transportation

More than a year after a massive landslide forced the closure of State Route 376, the road has been reopened. A 900-ft. section of the hillside above SR 376 began to move in February 2019, forcing the Ohio Department of Transportation to close the roadway and begin emergency repairs.

The Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) $1.3 billion I-70/I-71 Downtown Ramp Up project in the city of Columbus (Franklin County) is helping to replace, upgrade and rehabilitate aging highway infrastructure in the downtown core and improve traffic flow and safety for motorists.

In Bowling Green, Ohio, work is underway on the I-475 widening and Dorr Street interchange construction project. The $45 million effort includes widening I-475 from Central Avenue/US 20 to Airport Highway/SR 2, building new, widened I-475 bridges over Hill Avenue and Dorr Street and adding a roundabout interchange at Dorr Street.

Solid progress is being made on the multi-year $227 million, design-build I-480 Valley View bridges deck replacement project in northeast Ohio, an Ohio Department of Transportation initiative that began in November 2017 and will be completed by June 30, 2024.

Beaver Excavating Company is scheduled to deliver the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) $114 million Interstate 75 Widening and Reconstruction project in Hancock County through the city of Findlay this year. The project is rebuilding 5.5 mi.

Last year was one of significant success for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) in northwest Ohio. "From major construction in partnership with our contractors to significant improvements on our highways by our own workforce, 2019 has been the year we hoped for," said Chris Hughes, deputy director of the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, headquartered in Lima.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will invest an additional $398 million into major new projects over the next four years. ODOT's Transportation Review Advisory Council, known as TRAC, approved the final funding list Nov. 6 during a meeting in Columbus.

As part of Ohio's efforts to be a leader in using technology to improve traffic and safety in the state, construction will begin in Columbus this week on the state's first SmartLane; a 7 mi. stretch of Interstate 670 between downtown and the John Glenn International Airport.

Beginning this year, the Ohio Department of Transportation is investing a record $158 million annually into projects specifically aimed at making our roads safer. These projects include everything from additional signage to the complete reconfiguration of intersections.

Following completion of the Phase 5A of its Mill Creek Expressway project, the Ohio Department of Transportation will award two more major contracts to general contractors to complete the 11-phase project in greater Cincinnati that started in 2010 and is scheduled for completion in 2025.

A change in leadership is occurring at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Kirk Slusher of Lima has accepted the position as assistant director of field operations for ODOT in Columbus. As an assistant director, Slusher will oversee the district deputy directors in each of the state's 12 transportation districts, and will oversee the central office divisions of operations, information technology, facilities and equipment management.