ODOT Job One: Fixing Existing Roads

CANTON, Ohio (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – “Preservation of assets”.

That’s the top goal they say at ODOT as they put together their construction program every year.

And in the Canton area, there are a couple of new projects this year involving new pavement on existing roads.

A big stretch of Fulton Drive NW in Jackson and Plain Townships will be repaved from Brunnerdale Avenue to just west of I-77.

Richville Drive in Perry Township and in a sliver of Canton will be done from the Massillon city limits to Shepler Church Avenue.

And a portion of Raff Road SW will see new pavement from 13th Street to Route 30 in Canton.

That work starts soon and should be done by August.

We know how difficult it is to obtain public funding for a new road project like the Route 30 freeway extension; it’s partly because money needs to be spent to preserve what’s already there… For example, ODOT has three new projects in Canton and surrounding townships this summer that will mean new pavement on many miles of roadway, like Fulton Drive NW in Jackson and Plain Townships, Richville Drive in mainly Perry Township and Raff Road SW in Canton Township… The projects total $3.5 million, with work starting soon.