Good paying jobs aren’t always easy to find in the rolling hills of rural Adams County, Ohio. That’s why keeping one of the largest employers in the region, the General Electric jet engine test facility in Peebles, was so important. The 7,000-acre facility is the largest of its kind at GE and employs more than 400 people.
State Route 73 is the sole access for inbound engine components, outbound engines, and fuel tankers. It’s a narrow and winding roadway. With GE’s production of wide-body engines for Boeing’s 777, 787 Dreamliner, and 747 continuing to increase, the company was extremely concerned about safety and liability.
ODOT began working with GE on a solution that would overcome transportation challenges and ensure a bright future for the vital facility. The solution was to widen the shoulder on SR-73 to allow the larger loads to be hauled in with ease.
ODOT worked with the state’s economic development agency, JobsOhio, to finance the $2.69 million project. Full completion is scheduled for this summer.