Photo courtesy of ODOT District 11

State Representative Al Landis (R-98th District) visited an ODOT maintenance project this morning on Route 212 in Tuscarawas County to see firsthand how legislation passed in 2013 has helped the state's workforce be more productive and cost effective. The new law, passed as part of ODOT's FY14 and FY15 budget in House Bill 51 of the 130th General Assembly, changed the way force accounts are applied to ODOT from the traditional specified dollar amount to a scope-based application. In simple terms, it allows the state of Ohio's highly trained, skilled employees to perform work at the same level and standards as their private counterparts, saving Ohio taxpayers, while still providing a safe and cost efficient product. ODOT spends 93 percent of its time and resources taking care of what it has. Thanks to this legal change, ODOT's workforce is able to do larger projects in-house faster and at a lower cost to the state of Ohio, such as the 13 culvert replacements completed during the month of August on Route 212 in Tuscarawas County.