The Ohio Department of Transportation broke ground just hours ago on a $7.4 million project to build a new maintenance facility for it's Jefferson County operations.
The new facility will improve customer service and the overall efficiency of its operations. The construction will include a salt building, a mix building, an equipment storage building, a truck storage building and a main garage with offices. It will be built on County Road 43 next to the Jefferson County.
"I can say that we are going to more efficient with getting our equipment out quicker. it's the one thing we want to do. Even with the money and the cutbacks we've had we've not gotten rid of our employees on the operations side of things so they're out there and well get out there as quick as we can," Lloyd MacAdam, ODOT District 11 Deputy Director.
The equipment will be stored inside now to prevent wear and tear on the trucks so they'll last longer. The new location will also relieve a residential neighborhood of the traffic and noise of the ODOT 24 hour operations during the winter season.
The next step will be to have the steel delivered so construction can begin. They want to have it all done by September of 2013.