The Ohio Department of Transportation unveiled a new maintenance facility Wednesday, right here in Muskingum County.
The new outpost is located right across from the old location just south of State Route 16 in Dresden. Muskingum County Manager Phil Valentine had been anxiously awaiting Wednesday's ribbon cutting for quite some time.
"It's taken awhile," he said. "I think we purchased the land for this about 12 years ago. You know, we've had a lot of steps to get to this point. The Village of Dresden really worked with us on getting utilities such as water and sewage into this area."
The new facility includes an 8,000 square-foot garage with a state of the art wash bay as well as a 4,500 square-foot salt barn and automatic brine mixer. Valentine said this will all help the ODOT crews be able to better serve the residents of Muskingum County.
"It's going to improve our truck care," he said. "With the old tent structure that we had with our trucks, we had trouble starting the trucks in the middle of cold winters, especially this last winter. Now when we get in here, the trucks will be ready to go. We can keep them cleaner so they'll function better, so it should really drastically improve our snow and ice functions in this area."
The new facility cost $2.8 million to complete. Valentine said the Dresden outpost will be used as a template for other ODOT facilities in the future.