ODOT District 10 opens new garage

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Oh.-(WTAP) A new, 33,000 square foot garage for the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 10 headquarters is now officially open.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning officially opened the complex on Ohio Route 26.

Construction began in April, 2018 and was completed in October.

It replaces a structure which might have been state-of-the-art at the time, but was built more than 50 years ago.

"We had outgrown that facility a couple of times over," says ODOT Business and Human Resources Administrator Rich Oster. "We had a hard time even putting our trucks into the facility to operate efficiently. Now, we have room to stage our trucks for winter storms, and be ready to go when the first flake falls."

The complex includes a more than 10,000 square foot storage building that can hold 5,000 tons of road salt.

There's also a remodeled test laboratory and an automated system to make brine, which is used to pre-treat roads before winter snow events.