130th Ohio General Assembly
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(125th General Assembly)
(Substitute House Bill Number 70)



AN ACT
To amend section 5517.02 and to enact sections 5533.241, 5533.69, 5533.70, 5533.71, 5533.72, and 5533.73 of the Revised Code to designate Interstate Route 75 as the "Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway" and to permit the Director of Transportation to erect markers along the highway indicating its name, to name four roads and a bridge in Butler County, and to specify those Department of Transportation projects requiring the use of a force account project assessment form.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1. That section 5517.02 be amended and sections 5533.241, 5533.69, 5533.70, 5533.71, 5533.72, and 5533.73 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 5517.02.  (A) Before undertaking the construction, reconstruction by widening or resurfacing, or improvement, maintenance, or repair of a state highway, or a bridge or culvert thereon, or the installation, maintenance, or repair of a traffic control signal on a state highway, the director of transportation shall make an estimate of the cost of the work using the force account project assessment form developed by the auditor of state under section 117.16 of the Revised Code. In constructing, or reconstructing by widening or resurfacing, improving, maintaining, and repairing state highways, and the bridges and culverts thereon, and in installing, maintaining, and repairing traffic control signals on state highways, the director, except as provided in division (B) of this section, shall proceed by contract let to the lowest competent and responsible bidder, after advertisement as provided in section 5525.01 of the Revised Code.

(B)(1) Where the work contemplated is the construction of a bridge or culvert, or the installation of a traffic control signal, estimated to cost not more than fifty thousand dollars, the director may proceed by employing labor, purchasing materials, and furnishing equipment.

(2) The director may also proceed with maintenance or repair work by employing labor, purchasing materials, and furnishing equipment, provided the total estimated cost of the completed operation, or series of connected operations, does not exceed twenty-five thousand dollars per mile of highway, exclusive of structures and traffic control signals, or fifty thousand dollars for any single structure or traffic control signal.

(3) The director may proceed by furnishing equipment, purchasing materials, and employing labor in the erection of temporary bridges or the making of temporary repairs to a highway or bridge rendered necessary by flood, landslide, or other extraordinary emergency. If the director determines inability to complete such emergency work by force account, the director may contract for any part of the work, with or without advertising for bids, as the director considers for the best interest of the department of transportation.

Sec. 5533.241. (A) In addition to the designation in section 5533.24 of the Revised Code, the road known as interstate route seventy-five, running in a southerly direction from the city of Toledo in Lucas county, through the counties of Wood, Hancock, Allen, Auglaize, Shelby, Miami, Montgomery, Warren, and Butler to the city of Cincinnati in Hamilton county, also shall be known as the "Pearl Harbor Memorial Highway."

(B) The director of transportation may erect suitable markers along the highway indicating its name. If the director erects such markers, the markers, to the greatest extent possible, shall be located near Toledo, Lima, Dayton, and Cincinnati.

(C) The department of transportation may accept private contributions to pay all or part of the costs of manufacturing, erecting, and maintaining the markers. Any private money received by the department for the purposes of this section shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the state highway operating fund or any other fund of the department as determined by the director.

Sec. 5533.69.  The road known as state route number one hundred twenty-six, commencing in the community of Venice in Butler county and extending westward to the Indiana border, shall be known as the "Governor William Bebb Bicentennial Roadway."

The director of transportation may erect suitable markers along the highway indicating its name.

Sec. 5533.70.  The road known as state route number seven hundred forty-four, commencing in the municipal corporation of Somerville in Butler county and extending eastward to the intersection of that road and state route number one hundred twenty-two in that county, shall be known as the "Governor James M. Cox Bicentennial Roadway."

The director of transportation may erect suitable markers along the highway indicating its name.

Sec. 5533.71.  In addition to the designation in section 5533.14 of the Revised Code, the road known as state route number four, commencing at the intersection of that road and High Street in the municipal corporation of Hamilton in Butler county and extending northeasterly to the intersection of that state route and central avenue in the municipal corporation of Middletown in that county, shall be known as the "Governor James E. Campbell Bicentennial Roadway."

The director of transportation may erect suitable markers along the highway indicating its name.

Sec. 5533.72.  The road known as United States route number one hundred twenty-seven, commencing in the municipal corporation of Seven Mile in Butler county and extending northward to the intersection of that United States route and United States route number thirty-five in the municipal corporation of Eaton in Preble county, shall be known as the "Governor Andrew L. Harris Bicentennial Roadway."

The director of transportation may erect suitable markers along the highway indicating its name.

Sec. 5533.73.  The Maud-Hughes road bridge spanning Gregory Creek in Butler county, located at mile twenty-three and eighteen-hundredths of state route number one hundred twenty-nine, shall be known as the "William R. Foster Bridge."

The director of transportation may erect suitable markers upon the bridge, or the approaches thereto, indicating its name.

SECTION 2.  That existing section 5517.02 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.

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