The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to build 800 projects this summer, at an overall cost of some $1.8 billion.
On the other hand, the agency needs more than $1.6 billion to finish additional phases of 35 major new expansion projects in communities through 2018, said ODOT director Jerry Wray. ODOT anticipates having only $100 million per year to spend on new construction after all preservation needs are met.
“We sometimes forget how a well-maintained transportation system supports the state’s overall economy,” Wray said. “With more than $438 billion in goods shipped annually by trucks – the third largest of any state – a reliable transportation system is not only the lifeblood of Ohio businesses but also the catalyst for future expansion and job creation.”
The 800 preservation 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.