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ODOT District 10 Awards Over $150M in Stimulus Projects

Wed November 11, 2009 - Midwest Edition
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Statewide, ODOT has received $774 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) transportation dollars. Of the $774 million, District 10 received more than $166 million. While $150 million of the ARRA funds are for construction of Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Nelsonville Bypass, $16 million has been designated for 14 other infrastructure enhancement and modernization projects.

As of Aug. 31, more than $150.8 million has been awarded to 13 of the 16 stimulus funded projects, including Phase 3 of the Nelsonville Bypass which was awarded to Beaver Excavating for $92.88 million, and most recently Phase 2 of the Nelsonville Bypass which was awarded to Kokosing Construction Company for $45.2 million.

“We are excited about the stimulus funding and proud that our staff was able to accommodate such an accelerated schedule,” explained Debbie Fought, District 10 planning administrator.

Most recently, two more local projects broke ground — County Road 3 modernization in Gallia County and the modernization of three bridges in Morgan County.

“It is great to see federal stimulus funds invested in improving safety at the local level,” said Larry Woodford, District 10 deputy director. “Thanks to Governor Strickland’s support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, small towns with neglected infrastructure will finally get the needed safety upgrades.”

The $400,000 County Road 3 project in Gallia County is a 5-mi. (8 km) infrastructure modernization project designed to increase roadway strength and improve drainage and pavement longevity.

“Three of the most deficient roadway sections in Gallia County will now have a smooth wearing surface,” confirmed Brett Boothe, Gallia County engineer. “Everyone on my staff has excelled in bringing our share of the stimulus funds back to Gallia County.”

The $90,114 bridge project in Morgan County focuses on maintenance and modernization of three county bridges. One bridge has already received its upgrade while construction on the other two bridges should begin shortly.

“This stimulus project will extend the life of our local bridges and save the county thousands of dollars in the long run,” stated Steven Hook, Morgan County engineer. “We are grateful for the stimulus investment and are excited to provide safe infrastructure for all motorists traveling through Morgan County.”

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