New ODOT facility opens in West Jefferson

Messenger photos by Pat Donahue Mechanics perform a bumper-to-bumper inspection on one of the salt trucks housed at the new Ohio Department of Transportation garage on Route 29 in West Jefferson.
Messenger photos by Pat Donahue
Mechanics perform a bumper-to-bumper inspection on one of the salt trucks housed at the new Ohio Department of Transportation garage on Route 29 in West Jefferson.

(Posted Oct. 29, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently completed a new garage to serve Madison County.

The $7.5 million facility is located on 15 acres along State Route 29 near the main entrance to the West Jefferson Industrial Park. It replaces the garage ODOT operated on U.S. Route 42 in London and an outpost on Route 142 in West Jefferson. The Mount Sterling outpost remains operational.

The new facility includes a 4,000-ton salt storage building, a mix building that adds an additional 150 tons of material capacity, an eight-bay equipment storage building, a 16-stall truck storage building, and a main garage with offices.

Construction began in October 2013 and finished up earlier this month. Miles McClellan Construction served as the prime contractor. Star Consultants served as the architect in association with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

One of the first events to take place at the new facility was a 150-point inspection to fine-tune snow removal equipment in anticipation of the coming winter. The inspection took place on Oct. 27.

ODOT maintains 613 lane miles in Madison County and has 20 snow plows and 4,978 tons of salt on hand for the coming winter.

Statewide, last winter broke many records for ODOT operations: most road salt used (over 1 million tons), most money spent ($119 million), and most snow plow miles driven (over 14 million). New this year, ODOT installed green, white and amber lights on all 1,700 snow plow trucks in its fleet. The color combination provides higher visibility than the traditional amber lights.

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