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ODOT EFFICIENCY OUTRUNS FINANCES

 ODOT EFFICIENCY OUTRUNS FINANCES
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased plan production


efficiency at the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has forced a two week delay of 50 highway resurfacing contracts that are ready for sale but cannot be funded this state fiscal year.
 According to Ronald L. Zook, the department's assistant director and chief engineer, resurfacing and bridge repair projects will be delayed from a June 9 sale to June 23. The delay will allow the state to sign contracts in a new fiscal year when its new budget is available. Ohioans should not be inconvenienced by the postponement.
 "Contrary to some thinking, ODOT is not awash in money," Zook said. "As we work to fulfill Gov. Voinovich's mandate to get projects underway to spur Ohio's economy, we have streamlined our processes and, in effect, outrun our state revenue stream." Zook emphasized only 100 percent state funded projects -- resurfacing and repair work -- are affected by the delay. Major construction projects of new highways -- funded in part by federal dollars -- will not be affected.
 Zook said the delay was not a crisis, but a warning that state revenue sources are not keeping up with the state's needs and the department's ability to program and complete projects.
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 /CONTACT: Michael Cull of ODOT, 614-466-7170/ CO: Ohio Department of Transportation ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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