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Open house to detail state road projects

Projects that the Ohio Department of Transportation plans to award contracts over the next four years will be on display Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ohio University Southern Ironton Campus as ODOT hosts the biennial Statewide Transportation Improvement Program open house.

“We will have display boards of projects we are planning to sell and award from 2014 to 2017,” Kathleen Fuller, spokesperson for District 9, ODOT, said. “It will be an open house and there will be a map blown up of the county that shows the routes we are doing and color coded by fiscal year.”

There are 40 projects for the four-year period including bridge replacements on State Route 93, 217 and 775. Projects come under four classifications. They can be for preservation, which would be resurfacing; enhancement or a sidewalk or trail, safety including a turn lane; and maintenance, which would be slide repair.

“(The projects) are subject to change and if people have a question about a particular project, this is a good time to ask questions and a good way to follow up,” Fuller said. “Projects get changed and bumped from year to year. Sometimes it has to do with funding or acquiring a right-of-way.”

This is the opportunity for the public to make comments on the projects, which ODOT prefers to have in writing.

“We will have comment sheets,” she said. “They can mail it or fax it in or email as an attachment. Some of the routes we are resurfacing we widen the shoulders and you want to know that. And sometimes we can’t do that and we explain that.”