This summer is shaping up to be a busy construction season for the Ohio Department of Transportation.
On Thursday District 5 Deputy Director Joseph Rutherford provided the Muskingum County Commissioners with an update. He said upcoming projects include resurfacing U.S. 22 from Airport Road to New Concord, parking lot resurfacing at Dillon State Park, and replacing bridges at Three Towers Road and North Leedom on State Route 146.
"The way we prioritize highway construction is on what are called pavement and bridge condition ratings," said Rutherford. "We look at which pavements and bridges are in the worst condition and need the most work the soonest. We allocate the funds accordingly to try to improve the conditions of our system."
Rutherford said that District 5 has awarded or will award 75 projects estimated at $92 million.
"There are a lot of challenges out there, but whether we get $500 million or $10 billion from the taxpayers, we have to be good stewards with that money," said Rutherford. "We have to use it as wisely as possible and stretch every dollar that we can."
For more information, visit www.Dot.State.Oh.Us/dist5.