Ohio, Kentucky highway officials announce 2013 construction efforts, mark National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week
“We’re All In This Together”
IRONTON, Ohio (April 10, 2013) – With more than $3 billion in highway improvements on the drawing board in Ohio and Kentucky, orange barrels will soon become a familiar sight across the region.
That’s why the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Ohio Department of Transportation are joining together today to remind motorists to take heed, don’t speed, give work zones your undivided attention and remember, “We’re all in this together.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there’s one person injured every 14 minutes and one killed every 15 hours in work zone crashes. Nationwide, that’s about 500 fatalities and 37,000 injuries each year.
These figures do much to underscore the importance of the Ohio and Kentucky’s work zone safety campaign – not only as part of National Work Zone Safety Week April 15-19, but also throughout the year.
“At all times, it is important that motorists use caution when traveling in work zones,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson. “We do all we can to ensure the safety of our workers and the motoring public, but to see a real reduction in work zone crashes, certain driver behaviors need to change.”
“As highway workers, we train flaggers, put up work zone signs and barrels, provide online listings of road work, and put our best people on the job to keep motorists safe,” said Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 Chief Engineer Bart Bryant. “And, as drivers, we all need to take a few simple steps, such as slowing down and reducing distractions, to keep from becoming one of those persons killed or injured.”
Other safety tips include not following too closely – most work zone crashes are rear-end collisions – and wearing your seatbelt.
Both transportation departments will invest millions of dollars in hundreds of local highway projects again this year, and their engineers and contractors will work cooperatively to design and build projects that minimize delays and crashes.
But they also remind drivers that “we’re all in this together,” and can turn the statistics around by paying attention to their surroundings and practicing these work zone safety tips:
- Stay Alert! Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
- Pay Close Attention! Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
- Turn on Your Headlights! Workers and other motorists must see you.
- Don't Speed! Note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
- Keep Up with the Traffic Flow!
- Minimize Distractions! Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phone while driving in the work zone.
- Expect the Unexpected! Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
- Be Patient! Remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future ride.
Ohio, Kentucky announce tentative work zones, 2013 construction list
IRONTON, Ohio – In the Tri-State region, the Ohio Department of Transportation and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will once again spend millions of dollars to enhance highways.
This year, ODOT District 9’s construction program will consist of 65 projects with an estimated cost of $64 million to be awarded and constructed through FY2013 and the first quarter of FY2014.
Along with the Ironton-Russell Bridge project, District 9’s construction department will also undertake…
· A $12 million resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation on U.S. 52 in Scioto County
· A $3.8 million resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation on U.S. 23 in Ross and Pike counties
· A $3.2 million resurfacing project on S.R. 140 in Lawrence and Scioto counties
· A $1.1 million resurfacing project on S.R. 141 in Lawrence County
· Approximately $1.9 million in slip repairs in Lawrence County
This year, KYTC District 9’s construction program will include millions of dollars in new roads and bridges across the northeast Kentucky region. Locally, tentatively planned work that motorists will see…
· Paving of almost three miles of US 60 in Ashland, that is 12th and 13th Streets, from Rose Hill to downtown, and several miles of Winchester and Blackburn avenues
· A bridge replacement on Keye’s Creek in Boyd County; and construction on KY 750 at Raceland, KY 8 in Lewis County, KY 1947 at Grayson and KY 377 at Morehead.
· Along Interstate 64, nearly 12 miles of new blacktop and improvements are currently under way in Rowan and Bath counties; and the paving of 12 miles in Carter County this summer