ODOT announces 2016 road projects

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Ohio Department of Transportation announced more than $2 billion in road projects for the 2016 construction season Tuesday.

ODOT Director Jerry Wray held a news conference Tuesday morning detailing plans for area roadways.

One of the biggest projects, the I-75 corridor through downtown Dayton, was a topic of discussion. The project will create three continuous lanes and a centralized entrance and exit ramp to downtown Dayton.

The project is scheduled for completion in September of 2017, however, ODOT says the project is several months ahead of schedule. Kokosing, the company in charge of the construction, could earn up to $3 million in incentives.

Along with construction projects across the state, ODOT saw the most fatalities in construction site crashes in a decade.

In 2015, more than 6,000 vehicle crashes occurred in construction sites causing more than 1,000 injuries. In those, more than 30 people were killed.

Along with kicking off the construction season, the department’s director said Tuesday’s announcement was also meant to make drivers aware of driving safe in construction areas.

“It’s mostly a public awareness type campaign reminding people to slow down, to be patient, and to understand the folks are out there doing things to make their lives better,” said Jerry Wray, Director of ODOT. “If we can give them room, they’ll get done and then they’ll be out of your way.”

Click here to see the full ODOT plan for the Miami Valley

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