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State Regulators Approve Highway Project Delays

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Despite being one of the major dangerous interchanges in the state, ODOT administrators say a statewide funding shortfall will delay a planned overhaul of the I-70/I-71 interchange in downtown Columbus by as much as 17 years.
7:56AM
February
1, 2012

The Transportation Review Advisory Council has unanimously approved ODOT’s plan to delay some projects as long as 24 years.

Delayed Projects Prompt Highway Anxiety

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5:46AM
January 30, 2012

Ohio highway planners and construction companies face a changed future. The state Department of Transportation says a shortage of money will delay major projects. ODOT’s new construction timetable is causing anxiety for highway planners and builders.

What’s Next For ODOT?

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Despite being one of the major dangerous interchanges in the state, ODOT administrators say a statewide funding shortfall will delay a planned overhaul of the I-70/I-71 interchange in downtown Columbus by as much as 17 years.
7:56AM
January
20, 2012

A funding shortfall is forcing the department to delay several major projects, including an overhaul of the I-70/I-71 interchange.

ODOT Out Of Money

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Despite being one of the major dangerous interchanges in the state, ODOT administrators say a statewide funding shortfall will delay a planned overhaul of the I-70/I-71 interchange in downtown Columbus.
8:46AM
January
18, 2012

The lack of funds could delays portions of the I-70/I-71 overhaul for as long as 16 years.

Patience (and Appreciation of Highway Construction) Is a Virtue

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6:00AM
September 20, 2011

If you travel through downtown Columbus, get ready for ten years of driving frustration. Highway crews will be stepping up work on the first phase of the decade-long reconstruction of the I-71/70 Split. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock is prepared to be patient.

ODOT Proposes Eco-Friendly Highway Noise Barrier

12:00AM
July
19, 2010

Ohio plans to build a sound barrier made out of soil and plants in the state’s first eco-friendly attempt at muffling highway noise. State transportation department spokesman Scott Varner says the wall will be about 12 feet high.

ODOT Defends Passenger Rail Plan

12:00AM
March
17, 2010

Ohio’s transportation director Wednesday defended the cost of bringing passenger rail to the state. Jolene Molitoris said the project can be completed with the $400 million in federal stimulus funds already awarded the state. She met with Republican Senate President Bill Harris who is skeptical about the passenger rail plan.

ODOT Studies Cable Median Barriers To Reduce Crashes

12:00AM
January
8, 2010

Ohio’s Department of Transportation says it will install more cable median barriers in an effort to reduce the number of what are called crossover crashes. One of those crashes claimed four lives near Springfield. The deaths occurred when a tractor trailer truck crossed the median on Interstate 70 and struck a small passenger bus.

Watchdog: Ohio Employee Was Mayor on State Time

12:00AM
January
5, 2010

The state watchdog has found that an Ohio Department of Transportation employee used state time to perform his duties as a suburban Dayton councilman and mayor.

Investigator: Employee Ran Business on State Time

12:00AM
November
17, 2009

The state watchdog has found that one state Department of Transportation employee ran his private business on state time while another made excessive personal phonecalls.