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MATT: Hello and welcome to The Loop, I'm Matt Bruning. ERIN:I'm Erin McBride. A new

bridge in Marion County is making it safer for the people who use State

Route 309. MATT: When trains are switched on a rail line leading to the Marion

Industrial Center they often block traffic for several minutes several

times a day. This caused a major safety concern for residents in Marion because

emergency vehicles had to detour around the blocked crossing, costing vital minutes

to those in need of help. ERIN: The stopped trains were also a problem for people

who are trying to access recreational facilities like the Marion Senior Center

and youth baseball fields on the opposite side. Children would even crawl

through the train cars to get to their games. The bridge eliminates the rail

crossing, allowing traffic to move without a conflict with the rail line.

MATT: ODOT was also involved in another great community project in Cleveland. The

Opportunity Corridor aims to make a big impact on an area known as "The Forgotten Triangle."

As part of the project outreach plan ODOT worked with Kokosing

Construction Company to help the Rid-All Green Partnership convert a greenhouse

at their urban garden into a learning center. ERIN:Kokosing donated the materials

and equipment to pour a concrete slab floor. The Cleveland Job Corps carpentry

program staff and student apprentices build customized furniture for the new

Damien Forshe Learning Center. MATT: The Anthony Wayne bridge in Toledo has a new

look thanks to a brand new lighting system. ODOT just wrapped up a major

overhaul of Toledo's iconic suspension bridge. The plan was to simply reinstall

the old static lighting system. ERIN: But local resident Susan Reams and her nonprofit,

Toledo Alight, raised the more than $300,000 needed

for this LED lighting system. Friday, they flipped the switch for the first time.

The new system also syncs with lights on the nearby Veterans Glass City Skyway.

DAVE: As you're traveling down the highway, the one thing you probably never really

think about is the centerline - you know the yellow or white dash line that

divides a highway. For transportation nerds like us, we think

the history of it is fascinating. The first documented use of a centerline was

actually in 1911 in Wayne County, *ichigan. Come on guys who removed the "M" and

Yeray, I'm sorry about Michigan man you probably should join Buckeye Nation.

Anyway, some states began using yellow for their centerline and others well

they used white. Finally, in 1971 the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control

Devices was released and made yellow the standard color when dividing opposing

traffic as it was more visible at night and during rainstorms. Since then, we've

made the centerline safer. We've even prolonged its life by using

innovative materials in over the last few years. We use glass beads to improve

retro reflectivity. So what about the white - lines?

They first appeared in 1956. Most people think they're about two feet long when

in fact they're - yeah you get it - they're ten feet long. And the gap in between each

line, well it's 30 feet. Who Knew? MATT: Thanks a lot Dave. Get more ODOT news

online at transportation.ohio.gov , follow us on social media, and we always love your

story ideas and feedback to loop@dot.ohio.gov. ERIN: And keep sending us great

videos just like this one from ODOT's 2019 Tech Conference.

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