The warm weather has brought out spring blooms a bit early in Ohio – and also road construction crews. ODOT has now officially kicked off the spring and summer road construction season, while noting that some projects have been able to get a jump start because of good weather. ODOT director Jerry Wray says there are some 800 projects this year around the state – totaling $1.8 billion.
Among the biggest on this year’s list: the I-670/I-71 split in Columbus, the Innerbelt bridge replacement in Cleveland and the widening of I-71 near Mansfield. ODOT is $1.6 billion short in funding for 35 projects through 2018. Wray says the state has decided to go ahead with privatizing six non-interstate rest areas, but has not yet made a decision on whether to lease the Ohio Turnpike.