ODOT ready to begin 2011 construction projects

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - Ohio Department of Transportation officials say Wednesday they are ready to begin construction on nearly 700 projects statewide.

Of the 700 projects, 250 will be devoted to bridge maintenance and replacement, 200 to reconstruction and widening and 150 to paving. Projects adding new lanes and general maintenance make up the rest.

Continued work on the Jeremiah Morrow Bridge - Ohio's tallest bridge - is included in the projects. There are about 80 other projects included in District 8.

Motorists should use caution as they navigate through the hundreds of construction work zones. ODOT statistics show there were over 5,000 crashes in work zones last year resulting in 1,909 injuries and 12 fatalities.

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