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ODOT Announces Projects for 2013

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Your tax money will soon be hard at work as the Ohio Department of Transportation launches one of its biggest construction seasons to date.

ODOT kicked off its 2013 construction season at its headquarters in New Philadelphia, Ohio, where officials revealed nearly 1000 projects totaling $2.3 billion.

78 out of those 1000 projects will be right here in eastern Ohio.

In Jefferson County, the largest project is the $22 million hill side repair in Brilliant that is scheduled to be finished in fall.

"Basically what its' going to do is make it a lot safer because rocks have been falling on cars for quite sometime," said James Graham, Construction Area Engineer.

In Belmont County, crews will rebuild interchange on I-70 and State Route 9 south of St. Clairsville, replace bridges over National Road bikeway with a tunnel, lengthen one of the on- ramps to make it safer and replace I-70 bridges over Route 9.

"Bridges are something that you can't afford to have fall down so we watch them very carefully and we upgrade them and replace them before it isn't a safety problem for the public," said Graham.

And in Harrison County, paving programs on US 250 near Tapan Lake will be done by late summer or early fall and slippage repair in Jewitt on Route 9 and 151 will be completed late fall or early winter.

"Anytime we can smooth the ride up, that helps wear and tear on vehicles and also on Route 9 if we don't fix that the road will not be there which would cause closure," says Todd Moore, Construction Area Engineer.

Officials ask motorists to be cautious as they are driving through these areas of construction.