Ohio Department of Transportation and Seville officials join ODOT employees to officially break ground for the $9 million ODOT District 3 headquarters.
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SEVILLE — Ohio Department of Transportation officials and employees grabbed a shovel to break ground for a $9 million District 3 headquarters Tuesday morning.
“It gets us closer to the center of the county and it gives us the ability to go ahead and maintain the highways the way our customers expect us to and what we’ve committed to,” District 3 Deputy Director Howard Huebner said.
Mayor Carol Carter said just the fact that ODOT went ahead with the groundbreaking ceremony, despite heavy rain and some thunder, shows its commitment to the village.
“You guys came out knowing that it could possibly be hailing or the wind blowing our tents away, and here you are,” she said.
Carter said while she heard ODOT had purchased 9.3 acres at 4993 Atlantic Drive, it wasn’t until local attorney Stan Scheetz contacted ODOT that village officials were able to have a discussion about what the new District 3 facility would look like.
“I was just telling a young lady in the audience that I have never seen site plans come across zoning as awesome as these,” Carter said. “I used them as an example for another company who is interested in the village.”
ODOT Director Jerry Wray said part of having a well-equipped workforce is providing employees with the right facilities to do their job. It was during the 1990s that ODOT developed a plan to upgrade its facilities, he said.
Wray said during the last 7½ years, 42 facilities have been built or are under construction.
“We are going to continue to make sure that we have good places that are up-to-date and ready for the modern equipment that we have,” he said.
Wray then apologized in advance to Carter for the dirt, noise and trucks that will be moving in and out of the area during the construction process.
He said the contractor would work to keep those inconveniences to a minimum.
“We are very aware that we want to be good neighbors, and we hope that five years from now, 10 years from now, you will say, ‘They’re good neighbors and I’m glad they are here,” Wray said.
The Seville facility will include a salt dome capable of holding 6,000 tons of road salt, 20,000-square-foot truck storage garage, 5,000-square-foot maintenance garage, 5,000-square-foot cold storage building and 4,000-square-foot office building.
Construction is estimated to be completed by winter 2019, with about 40 employees working out of the Seville headquarters after its completion.
The new headquarters, near the Interstate 76/Interstate 71 interchange and state Route 3, will replace the 58-year-old, 17,000-square-foot facility off state Route 18 in Montville Township.
Road salt will continue to be stored at the Montville facility to be used on roads in northern Medina County, ODOT District 3 spokeswoman Kaitlyn Maynard previously said.