Ohio Department of Transportation

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OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

State road crews have been out in force since before the storm started Friday.

Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Bruning says 1,300 snow plows and 3,000 employees were out working on roads before and as the snow and ice storm began. He says this kind of storm is the most difficult for ODOT.

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ODOT

This is expected to be a record year for road construction, with the Ohio Department of Transportation planning to spend $2.4 billion maintaining and building roads and bridges. But the agency’s director is worried about funding for ODOT down the road.

Big projects are planned on freeways in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, and work continues on the largest project ever in southern Ohio, the Portsmouth bypass.

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Ohio’s Department of Transportation is bracing for another round of snow and ice. ODOT Director Jerry Wray says the agency has a new system that tracks its more than 1,600 plow trucks in real time, to clear roads as soon as possible.

“We will have every mile of priority roads back to their average operating speed within two hours of the time the storm stops. And around the state for the last several years, we’ve done that 98 percent of the time.”

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ODOT Meetng on HOF Interchange
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No homes, places of business or local tax dollars will be involved in improving the I-77/U.S. 62 interchange near the expanding Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

At a public meeting last night, the Ohio Department of Transportation said the plan involves only an addition of lanes to some already in place. So, there will be no new property acquisition., according to project finance planner Steve Rebillot.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to get public input on its $3.1 million plan to reconfigure the interchange of two highways that are key to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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The Ohio Department of Transportation is increasing safety measures on a section of I-90 in Lake County where snow storms have caused many major accidents.

Last week, a 50-vehicle pileup on the stretch near Route 44 sent several people to the hospital and closed the highway for hours. With more heavy snow predicted for later this week, ODOT spokeswoman Amanda McFarland says three portable message signs will be posted along I-90.

I-480 Bridge Repairs Starting Earlier Than Planned

Jul 6, 2016
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An overhaul of Ohio’s busiest bridge is going to start two-years earlier than expected. A six year rehabilitation of the I-480 Bridge south of Cleveland will begin next year. The project has been designed to avoid major traffic headaches.

Every day, about 180-thousand cars cross the 40-year-old structure. Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray says if the lanes were shut-down to do the work, it would cause 8-to-15 mile backups.He says they did some special planning to make the renovation project possible.

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RTA

The board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority reviewed several options Tuesday to raise fares and reduce service.   

The goal is to save $7 million and stay within its recently passed budget.

To meet its budget shortfall, RTA is looking to raise a little over $3 million by hiking fares and to save about $4 million by cutting bus and train service it considers underutilized. 

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