Approximately $100 million was invested last year in improving the local highway transportation system within ODOT District 1’s eight-county region of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot counties.
Notable or unique highway improvement projects within Allen County during 2017:
Allen County ODOT crews performed a culvert lining project on state Route 309 near the Allen County fairgrounds. An innovative concrete cloth material was attached to the bottom and upper third of the culvert to extend its service life. Unlike a culvert replacement project, culvert lining allows highways to remain open during the repair.
Three bridges in the Bluffton area over Interstate 75 were replaced. A bridge on Napoleon Road, Bentley Road and over the Norfolk Southern Railroad were reconstructed by Eagle Bridge, Sidney.
The following represents work completed districtwide by ODOT District 1’s own highway forces and by contractors in 2017:
.Resurfaced 257 lane miles of state highway.
.Chipped and sealed 173 lane miles of state highway.
.Repaired 17,196 feet of guardrail.
.Applied crack sealing to 478 lane miles of pavement.
.Applied 1,413 miles of traffic paint.
.Installed or repaired 9,884 signs.
.Installed 8,032 feet of culvert pipe.
.Replaced nine culverts and repaired another 20 Of the 807 bridges within District 1, seven were replaced, five were removed, 200 were repaired and seven bridge decks were sealed.
.District signal electricians completed approximately 50 percent of a project that will install new 15-year LED lamps in all traffic signal heads in the district. There are nearly 1,200 signal lamps that will be changed
Other notable accomplishments in 2017:
.The reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County began. The $113 million project will complete in 2020.
.The district dedicated and placed into service a new maintenance garage in Paulding County and a maintenance outpost in Hicksville.
.A quality of work life survey, which is administered to all employees, placed ODOT District 1 in the top 29 percent nationwide of employers. The survey measures the overall health of the organization in employee satisfaction.
.The district hired 20 individuals into its apprenticeship program. The program provides participants with the opportunity to earn a CDL (commercial driver’s license) while employed in a temporary position with ODOT and a chance for an available full-time position with the department.
.The district welcomed 25 new, full-time employees who made ODOT their employer of choice. Of those, 12 began with ODOT under the apprenticeship program.
.The district hired 41 winter seasonal employees to support the full-time highway maintenance staff during snow and ice season.