ODOT advances first-of-its-kind public-private
partnership in Washington County
MARIETTA (Thursday, June 18, 2015) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and local oil and gas company EdgeMarc Energy have teamed up to advance removal of the State Route 821 Whipple railroad bridge. EdgeMarc will fund the $180,000 project and ODOT will oversee the removal of the outdated railroad bridge.
“Removing this old structure not only improves safety on the state route, but helps open up the corridor to more oil and gas exploration,” said ODOT District 10 Deputy Director T. Steve Williams. “This is truly a win-win for the community, the state and private industry.”
Not only will ODOT construction engineers oversee removal of the bridge, but ODOT county forces will also assist by completing all slope work as well as seeding and mulching.
“EdgeMarc Energy is proud to join ODOT today in announcing the State Route 821 Whipple railroad bridge project,” said Callum Streeter, Drilling and Completions Director, EdgeMarc Energy.” Social responsibility and safety are integral to our core values, and this public-private partnership is just one example of our commitment to being good neighbors with the Washington County community.”
The project is expected to begin summer 2015.
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