A Cuyahoga Falls advertising agency, TRIAD Communications Inc., will receive $125,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation in a settlement of a breach of contract complaint involving advertising at 10 roadside rest areas.

TRIAD and SFC Graphics of Toledo alleged that  ODOT backed out of a deal, struck in 2012, that gave them exclusive rights to market and sell advertising at the rest areas.

TRIAD and the graphics company said in separate complaints, filed with the Ohio Court of Claims earlier this year, that ODOT breached the contract when it allowed the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism and the Ohio Development Services Agency to also solicit advertising for the rest areas.

TRIAD and SFC Graphics also alleged the state’s travel and tourism division and the Development Services Agency contacted advertisers using displays created by TRIAD and SFC Graphics and told them to switch to the travel and tourism ad program.

TRIAD and the SFC Graphics said in the complaints that they invested $168,000 to install and maintain the advertising displays.



The Ohio Court of Claims said Monday that it had approved a roughly $170,000 settlement between ODOT and the two companies. ODOT agreed to pay TRIAD $125,000 and SCF Graphics about $45,000.



The dispute grew out of a March 2012 request for proposal issued by ODOT for exclusive advertising and sponsorship rights at the rest areas in exchange for a percentage of the ad revenues.

As part of the settlement, ODOT does not admit to any wrongdoing, and all parties agree to not make additional claims against the other.

The Court of Claims has exclusive jurisdiction over claims against the state.