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US stimulus package kickstarts major Ohio bridge resurfacing

The US economic stimulus package is to help cover a major bridge resurfacing project of £6.2m in Ohio, USA.

Construction works are to get under way for the resurfacing project which has been made possible through a £2.9m subsidy made available by the American and Reinvestment Act.

For years, the DiSalle Bridge across the Maumee River on route I-75 in Ohio has suffered from potholing that until recently the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) did not have the resources to fix. However President Barack Obama`s economic stimulation package, with its focus on public construction projects, now means that the entire deck of the bridge can be replaced.

ODOT will work on the resurfacing project until December, pause for winter, and then continue early in the new year. The £6.2m total project will take up to a year to complete.

“With this stimulus, it’s great,” said ODOT spokesman David Dysard. “We have additional funding available to get out and do the job and get this project taken care of.”

Over 85,000 vehicles a day use the bridge. Northbound traffic will be directed onto the two centre lanes, while southbound traffic will be limited to the two right-hand lanes.

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