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.