MOUNT VERNON — An update of 2012 projects with the Ohio Department of Transportation, specifically within District 5, was presented to the Knox County Commissioners by ODOT District Deputy Director Joe Rutherford on Thursday morning. Also attending the update were Dave Slatzer, district planning and engineering administrator; and Michelle Croom, District 5 public information officer.
Rutherford’s update included statistics on districtwide projects, areas of service and budgeting details. ODOT District 5 maintains 3,731 lane miles of roadway and 1,082 bridges. The budget for 2012 is $92.9 million for District 5 which makes up just 5.6 percent of statewide spending. Of 52 scheduled projects in 2012, 21 are for bridges and culverts, 10 are maintenance projects, seven are for resurfacing, seven for safety improvements, four for slide/slope repairs and one for a facility project.
The current project on U.S. 36 in Mount Vernon to widen Coshocton Avenue, add a center turn lane, improve road access and upgrade the signals is being contracted to Park Construction of Marion at a cost of $2.8 million. This project is to be completed by December.
One project that is set to begin June 1 is a bridge replacement on Dunham Road over Granny Creek just north of Ohio 229. The project is expected to be completed Sept. 30 with a cost of $375,424. The road will be closed for the duration of construction.
A safety upgrade of increasing sight distance at a curve will take place on Ohio 229 just west of Braddock Road beginning Sept. 15. The road will be closed for two weeks during the project, and traffic will be detoured to Ohio 314 and U.S. 36. Estimated completion date is set for Nov. 15. Cost for the project is $385,000.