The Ohio Department of Transportation District 11 began investing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's transportation stimulus dollars in Belmont and Harrison counties last week by upgrading more than 5 miles of Ohio 149 from Flushing to New Athens as well as about a mile of Ohio 9 through New Athens.
Work includes base repairs and asphalt resurfacing.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible said, ''These investments are putting Ohioans back to work and transforming our transportation system for generations to come. By making this investment, we are extending the life of these pavements by 10 to 12 years.''
The trademark American Recovery and Reinvestment roadway signs, which state, "Putting America Back to Work; Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," went up Friday along Ohio 149 at each end of the project. The signs are showing up along Ohio's roadways, interstates and bridges as crews get to work on improvement projects funded with stimulus dollars.
ODOT's contractor, Lash Paving Inc. from Colerain, expects to begin other work immediately. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.
By Sept. 1, ODOT will have awarded $390.5 million in construction contracts for work on 111 construction projects. This represents more than 50 percent of the department's direct stimulus allocation.
According to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 2,500 construction projects are now under way nationwide. A total of 6,000 projects have been identified and approved, which means a total of $17.3 billion will be flowing into the economy over the next two years.
All companies awarded ODOT contracts funded by economic stimulus resources are required to post new job opportunities at www.OhioMeansJobs.com, an online source to match job seekers with employment openings across the state.