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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​State Route 60 will be closed between Duncan Falls and Gaysportfrom July 14 to the end of September. This project is designed to scale back a rock slope hanging above the road and improve safety for all travelers​. ODOT's authorized detours will take northbound traffic via SR 60 to SR 78 in McConnelsville, to SR 284 in Bristol, to SR 146 in Chandlersville, back to SR 60 in Zanesville, and reverse for southbound. However, there is also a local detour. 

 

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This project is taking place on SR 60, just a mile south of Duncan Falls. (Click HERE​ for a precise location.) The primary objective is to remove the large rock face which has separated from the slope and build a support for the remaining rock that is too big to easily remove. ODOT will be installing heavy-duty fencing to secure the rock slope.
 
SR 60 is a vital highway for southeast Ohioans, and for some is the most efficient and safest access to and from the region. When SR 60 was constructed, areas of the road were cut into steep hillsides, exposing large sections of rock along the highway. Over time, exposed rock slopes are vulnerable to breaking off and falling onto the road. Different layers of the bedrock have eroded at different times leaving some rock unsupported and certain to collapse at some point. The rock removal project is a proactive strategy to secure this section of hillside for decades to come.

This photo shows a rock fall from 2011. The road was closed for a few days to remove any loose debris from the rock slope. Fortunately, no injuries occurred as a result.

 

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State Route 60 will be closed between Duncan Falls and Gaysport
from July 14 to September 15.
 
The road must be closed because:
  • Large, heavy equipment is needed to do this type of work
  • SR 60 is narrow through this area and the equipment will take up both lanes of traffic
  • Secondary rock falls could injure people in vehicles within the work zone 
  • Workers would have to operate in a small, dangerous space between traveling vehicles and the hillside
​ODOT recognizes the importance of this road to the region, and therefore has included in the contract a $3500/day penalty to the contractor if the closure extends beyond 60 days.