NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (April 6, 2022) – The Ohio Department of Transportation has about $28-million in work slated for Tuscarawas County this year.
District 11 Public Information Officer Lauren Borell says that will cover 15 projects.
“Here in Tuscarawas County specifically, over the next month especially we’re going to see projects starting up. The main thing is the weather right now.
“Our asphalt plants are not open because we have to have certain temperatures to get that asphalt going,” Borell said.
Borell says the biggest is the $9.5-million major rehabilitation and asphalt replacement project that will have U.S. Route 250 from state Route 800 east of Dennison to the Harrison County line closed in both directions for 100 days starting July 6th.
She says upgrades in Dover will include replacing 13 traffic signals, replacing the bridge on 20th Street, and sidewalk construction along stretches of Betscher Avenue and East 7th Street near Crater Stadium.
“Here at ODOT we have lots of local funding opportunities, which is great that there’s so many avenues that locals can take advantage of through this funding that we have,” she said.
ODOT Press Secretary Matt Bruning says drivers will come across construction on the interstates around many bigger cities in Ohio.
“We try to maintain traffic as much as we can through those areas, but you’re still going to see narrow lanes, shifts in lanes. Things will change quickly sometimes in these work zones.
“We always say you need to pay attention when you’re behind the wheel all the time, but really need to pay attention in these work zones because it just requires all of your attention,” Bruning said.
Bruning says ODOT has close to $2-billon in projects throughout the state planned for this year, which is about average and doesn’t yet include additional money from the federal infrastructure bill.