Ohio Department of Transportation

Statewide News
7:13 am
Wed March 19, 2014

ODOT: This Winter Is 'Record Smashing'

Credit Brian Bull, WCPN

Polar vortexes, lengthy cold snaps, blasting windchills…essentially it’s been a winter wonderland turned arctic nightmare for many in Ohio, especially motorists.

ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner says he’s been tracking his department’s efforts to keep highways and streets clear and safe since the first snow event in mid-October.  Flash-forward to late March, and what do state road crews have to show for it?

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Statewide News
6:04 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Ohio May Use Twice The Usual Road Salt This Winter

A spokesman says the Ohio Department of Transportation may end up using nearly twice as much road salt this season as it typically does for an average winter.

Spokesman Steve Faulkner says the agency uses 630 thousand tons of salt in an average winter. It had nearly that much on hand in October, before what has been an unusually cold, snowy season.

Statewide News
7:04 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Ohio Construction Work Could Affect Holiday Travel

The Ohio Department of Transportation says some construction work will be suspended over the Thanksgiving holiday, but drivers may still come across many work zone restrictions.

Among the construction areas is a widening project along Interstate 71 in parts of Delaware and Morrow counties. Transportation officials say they opened a third lane in the area to ease southbound congestion during the holidays for drivers from Cleveland to Columbus.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Mon July 1, 2013

70 Mph Limit Takes Effect On Rural Ohio Highways

Drivers can legally zip along some rural interstate highways more quickly as a new 70 mph speed limit takes effect along some sections of roadway around Ohio.

The change beginning Monday raises the speed limit in some areas from 65 mph to 70 mph.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has said the speed limit is increasing on more than 570 miles of interstate highway. The increase applies to parts of Interstates 70, 71, 75, 76, 77 and 90. It doesn't cover sections of those roads in major metropolitan areas and a few smaller cities along the way.

Education
8:04 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Ohio Awards $7.2M for Safe School Route Projects

The Ohio Department of Transportation is awarding $7.2 million for projects to help children safely walk or bike to school.

The grants announced this week in the Safe Routes to School Program go to 58 projects. The money will help with constructing or improving crosswalks and sidewalks and will support efforts to educate children about being safe on the way to school.

Ohio first lady Karen Kasich says the projects encourage walking or biking to school and can help cut pollution and traffic.

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