ODOT getting new facility in county

NEW PHILADELPHIA A new complex along U.S. Route 30 outside of Lisbon is being constructed to replace a maintenance facility being used by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT.)

ODOT announced the Columbiana County facility will be a bigger better version of the 45-year-old former maintenance facility. The work cost $7.6 million and will include an additional 4,000-ton salt structure next to the existing 4,000-ton structure, separate buildings for equipment and truck storage, a mechanical service area, a wash bay, fuel station, material lay down area and main garage building with offices.

The demolition began Tuesday, and the 34 full-time county workforce has been temporarily relocated to the Columbiana Park District at 300 S. Jefferson St. in Lisbon.

ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said in the release, “This investment in eastern Ohio’s transportation system will improve customer service and the overall efficiency of our operations.”

The 34 local employees are responsible for maintaining 654 lane miles and 189 bridges.

The prime contractor for the design-build project is Regency Construction Services of Lakewood, and some site work is expected to be completed next spring, according to the release.

Design-build means design and construction are taking place at the same time, reducing the overall schedule for faster completion.

“We’ve chosen this contracting method with a very aggressive schedule to ensure that our workers are back and in this new facility before next snow and ice season,” MacAdam said.

The workers are expected to be back on site sometime in November.