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ODOT Out Of Money

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.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Ohio Rail Commission Moves Forward In Bid For Stimulus Dollars

10, 2009

Efforts to bring passenger rail service back to Ohio took a step forward Thursday. The Ohio Rail Development Commission is looking for 400 million dollars in federal stimulus money.

Highway Safety Officials Warn Drivers Of Road Construction Hazards.

9, 2009

State transportation officials are talking up work zone safety this week, reminding drivers to use additional care around orange barrels, for their own safety as well as that of workers.

Drivers most at risk in work zones

7, 2008

The start of the highway construction season has authorities reminding drivers to slow down in work zones, and follow the rules. Of all the counties in Ohio, Franklin County has the worst record when it comes to work zone crashes.