Wednesday, May 16, 2018
*Updates are highlighted in bold and underline.
Westbound State Route 2 to Northbound SR 269
Project 7009-18/PID 107104
SR 2 between Edison Bay Bridge and SR 269 reduced to one, 11' wide lane in each direction
Ramp from westbound SR 2 to northbound SR 269 (Exit 125) closed.
Detour: northbound SR 53 (Exit 124); SR 163.
The ramp from westbound SR 2 to northbound SR 269 (Exit 125) will be open for the following weekends:
Memorial Day Weekend
- 11pm Thursday, May 24 - 9am Tuesday, May 29
First Weekend in June
- 11pm Thursday, May 31 - 9am Monday, June 4
Project complete: June.
All work is weather permitting
During construction, SR 2 is reduced to one, 11' wide lane in each direction separated by barrier wall. Traffic is maintained in the eastbound lanes.
Although this may cause congestion, it is safer and quicker for crews to work using this traffic configuration.
In mid-November 2017, crews noticed the pavement was cracked in the shoulder of westbound SR 2 at SR 269 exit 125, so they monitored it. Soon there was an inch difference in pavement heights, so ODOT engineers were deployed to inspect it, and the shoulder was closed.
On Wednesday, November 29, ODOT closed the ramp from westbound SR 2 to northbound SR 269, exit 125, because the difference in pavement heights was expanding. Shortly thereafter the pavement slid, or dropped down. Because the area was already closed, nobody was injured in the slide.
Since then, ODOT has monitored the slide, conducted tests to determine the magnitude and created a team to combat the problem.
ODOT geotechnical crews surveyed the area and decided to proactively close the right lane of westbound SR 2 on Tuesday, December 5.
The week of December 4, ODOT crews cleared vegetation from the side of the slope to allow access for survey and geotechnical equipment.
ODOT proactively removed the light pole just west of the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge.
Surveyors completed site survey work on Friday, December 8. On Thursday, December 14, ODOT designers delivered preliminary cross sections of the slope to help evaluate the failure plane.
A geotechnical drilling crew completed installation of 3 inclinometers on the slope and began taking readings of movement of the slope.
Data about the slide was gathered through Friday, January 19, 2018.
In late January, ODOT crews removed the pavement in the ramp lane and cut some soil back to remove weight from the slide.
Data was analyzed, repair options were presented and ODOT selected a repair type. The slope will be rebuilt with a rock anchor (shear key) at the base of the slope, and the project will include accompanying roadway, guardrail and drainage work and sign replacement.
The project was expedited and sold March 22.
ODOT understands this exit is important to the area’s summer tourism, so the contract includes a heavy disincentive for every day after Memorial Day weekend that the ramp remains closed. ODOT wants this project done right and completed as soon as possible.
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The environmental review, consultation and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for these projects are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.