Pictured is a rendering of the future 35,000-square-foot ODOT facility being built on Collins Avenue and Route 36. The new building will replace the current on Chestnut Street, and offer more up to date maintenance services.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s garage in Marysville is making a move.
After about six months of design work, ODOT began construction last month of a new building to be finished by July of 2019.
Located at Collins Avenue and Route 36, adjacent to the Ohio Reformatory for Women, the new garage will be much larger than the current facility on Chestnut Street, and give ODOT workers access to newer technology.
ODOT District 6 Facilities Superintendent Karl Newman said the move comes during a statewide push by ODOT to upgrade its facilities. For Marysville, specifically, the garage has been in place since at least 1968.
The overall cost of the design and construction for the building is about $8 million. Officials said that money is coming from the state’s facilities budget.
Jerome M. Scott Architects designed it, while Thomas and Marker Construction is building it.
The new building will be 35,000 square feet, up from the 11,000 square feet of the current building. The number of trucks ODOT will be able to shelter will increase from 10 currently, to 18 plus various equipment.
Other highlights of the new structure include room for 5,000 tons of salt and a new, “state of the art brine system.” That new system will allow workers to mix specific brine combinations to fit certain needs and road conditions.
According to Newman, the state has been looking at building a new Marysville headquarters “for a while.” They picked a plot of land in front of the Ohio Reformatory for Women since it’s relatively out of the way.
“It’s probably better for ODOT to be secluded,” Newman said.
Newman said the larger garage will have several benefits to both ODOT employees and residents. Since more trucks can be stored inside, less time will have to be spend defrosting windows.
The facility will also have a drive-thru truck washing machine. That will allow trucks to be quickly cleaned and immediately get back on the road.
“Our employees are a lot safer,” Newman said. “I think it’s a lot safer for everybody.”
The yearlong timeframe is typical, according to Newman. Workers have to consider proper drainage, and they’ll need to replace a significant amount of dirt with soil that will pack well.
ODOT is also working with the City of Marysville to connect sewer lines for the structure.
“This is typical of any garage we build of that size,” Newman said. “About a year.”
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