Ohio DOT Prepping for $2.8B Construction Season

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to invest $2.8 billion into 950 road and bridge improvement projects across the state during the 2024 construction season – with 39 of them classified as “major projects” with a value above $10 million.

[Above photo by Ohio DOT]

“Investing in efficient infrastructure is an investment in quality of life,” said Governor Mike DeWine (R) in a statement. “Once complete, these projects will significantly reduce traffic congestion and improve roadway safety.”

This year’s construction program also includes 176 safety projects, laying down 5,700 miles of pavement, and repairing or replacing 885 bridges in the state.

Jack Marchbanks. Photo by Ohio DOT.

“While the orange barrels that are synonymous with summer may be a source of frustration and inconvenience for some, they are a sign of progress and improvement for all who live in Ohio and who travel through it,” said Jack Marchbanks, director of the Ohio DOT.

State departments of transportation across the country are gearing up to tackle a similar range of projects during this year’s construction season.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation, for example, noted in a statement that it expects to work on 193 planned road and bridge projects during the 2024 construction season, along with 54 projects that seek to improve airports, water ports, railroad crossings, and transit infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Transportation is speeding up the timelines for several major highway projects in part due to new funding approved by the state legislature.

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