ODOT dedicates Lima operations campus


By Craig Kelly - ckelly@civitasmedia.com



Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, discusses the new operations campus on McCullough Street in Lima. A total of five new structures were constructed. The centerpiece of the project are structures that house the Allen County maintenance garage and the district roadway services department.

Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, discusses the new operations campus on McCullough Street in Lima. A total of five new structures were constructed. The centerpiece of the project are structures that house the Allen County maintenance garage and the district roadway services department.


LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation’s District 1 Lima headquarters is now united on one campus, an example of cost effectiveness and smart management, according to the department.

ODOT Director Jerry Wray joined District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher and other district workers in dedicating the new McCullough Street campus Tuesday. The dedication comes on the heels of a $4.2 million consolidation project in 2014 that added about 50,000 square feet of additional operating space to the current location and allowed 65 workers to move out of aging facilities on Chapman Road.

“In the past, we’ve been split into two different campuses,” Slusher said. “This combines a lot of excess workspace that we had and combines it into a smaller footprint. We’re becoming much more efficient in being able to work more closely as a team and share resources between different buildings and different departments. It’s about becoming more efficient as state government and utilizing our resources more effectively.”

By using existing space along with building new structures, the district was able to lower the costs for the project and is now able to benefit from a new salt storage dome that doubles the district’s storage capacity, now at 4,000 tons. An additional benefit of the new facilities includes a new salt brine station that can automatically create the proper salt solution and mix up to 40,000 gallons of brine in an eight-hour period.

Wray was pleased with the new campus. He said this project’s philosophy echoes his department’s approach statewide.

“We’ll be able to coordinate better in terms of shifts,” Wray said. “It will make us a more efficient operation. We want to consolidate as much as we can, make sure we have a good location and ensure we have a good environment and good surroundings for our workers.”

Craig J. Orosz | The Lima News Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, discusses the new operations campus on McCullough Street in Lima. A total of five new structures were constructed. The centerpiece of the project are structures that house the Allen County maintenance garage and the district roadway services department.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/10/web1_ODOT_01co.jpgCraig J. Orosz | The Lima News Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, discusses the new operations campus on McCullough Street in Lima. A total of five new structures were constructed. The centerpiece of the project are structures that house the Allen County maintenance garage and the district roadway services department.

By Craig Kelly

ckelly@civitasmedia.com

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

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