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Ground broken on new ODOT site

Ground being broken on the site of the new ODOT maintenance facility.

The Ohio Department of Transportation broke ground Monday on a new full-service maintenance facility in West Union which will replace the current garage on state Route 41.

The new facility, located on CIC Boulevard off of state Route 41, will be over 15 acres and will be roughly 35,000 square feet.

Among the amenities of the facility will be a roughly 20,000 square foot area for truck storage that will able to accommodate the entire fleet of trucks for Adams County, an over 9,000 square foot office and maintenance building and a roughly 5,000 square foot cold storage building which will include indoor wash bays, salt and material storage buildings and a new fueling station.

Three mechanic bays will also be within the facility which will accommodate 13 trucks in a heated storage area. The facility will also be able to hold 3,000 tons of salt whereas the old facility can only hold 2,000. The facility will also store 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 2,000 gallons of gasoline.

Cost of the facility is roughly $6 million.

Vaughn Wilson, ODOT Deputy Director for district, said he believes this facility will help the workers who maintain the roadways.

“It is the ODOT worker who opens the road after a rock slide,” Wilson said. “It’s the ODOT worker who fills the potholes after it eats a piece of roadway. And it’s the ODOT worker who plows the snow to make our travels much easier each winter. We often take for granted all that our highway technicians and mechanics in the maintenance department do to keep our roadways in good repair.”

Ohio State Senator Joe Uecker said this facility will better help not only people getting to and from work, but emergency services as well.

“Transportation is the lifeblood of our successes in our communities,” Uecker said. “This is a great opportunity and commitment by the state to the folks of southern Ohio that we count down here. Not just for the delivery of goods and services but for ambulances, police, fire response and the folks going to and from work all depend in no small part from the efficiency and safety of the roads. This will help that system become more efficient.”

Uecker also hopes this showcases that that state government is using tax dollars in a wise manner.

“[This facility] will help control costs and it’ll help convince people that their tax dollars are being put to good use and used in the best possible way.”

While the current facility will continue to be used until the new facility’s completion in winter of 2016, tentative plans are for the current facility to be used in some capacity by the Village of West Union.

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