ODOT Seeks Public Comment On Three Proposed Projects
in Guernsey County
 
Jacksontown, Ohio (Friday, January 17, 2014)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is seeking public comments regarding the following proposed projects in Guernsey County.
GUE I-70-12/32/L/R (PID 91811) ODOT is planning to widen the I- 70 bridges to allow for 10’ shoulders on each side of the roadway and to replace the deck on the existing bridge structures. There will also be new back walls, new approach slab and approach resurface, repair and replacement of splice piers, and associated work.  The bridges are located over SR 265 and the Great Guernsey Trail.  As a result, there will be construction work above the Great Guernsey Trail that includes the roadway deck work and widening of the piers. During construction, two-lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times in each direction on I-70.
The Great Guernsey Trail is owned by the Guernsey County Community Development Corporation (GCCDC). In consultation with the GCCDC, it was determined that due to safety concerns the area of trail located under and in proximity to the I-70 brides will be closed as warranted during construction. 
It is estimated that the trail will be closed for approximately 11 months out of the approximate two-year project construction period.  When the portion of the trail in proximity to the I-70 bridges is closed either end of the trail will remain to the designated construction area.
Any closures of the trail associated with the construction project will be posted at the trail heads.  In order to complete the rehabilitation of the I-70 bridges, a total of 1.328 acres of permanent right-of-way will be acquired from the GCCDC as warranty deed.
 
The Great Guernsey Trail is a recreational resource which is subject to the requirements of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966.  Based on this law measures were taken to minimize the impact of the project on Woodbury Wildlife Area. The minimization of the impact to the wildlife area results in a determination of de minimis.  A de minimis impact is one that will not adversely affect the features, attributes, or activities qualifying the Section 4(f) property (Great Guernsey Trail). 
 
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project.  Environmental impacts could include those involving archeological, architectural and ecological resources, hazardous materials and the general location of the project.
 
Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation District 5, Attention: Amy Toohey, PO Box 306, Jacksontown, Ohio 43030, or by e-mail Amy.Toohey@dot.state.oh.us. ODOT District 5 can also be contacted by telephone at 740-323-5191. All comments must be submitted by January 31, 2014.
 
 
GUE-70-4.32/4.49 MUS-146-8.10 (PID 97290) The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning on replacing three culverts with the associated work the listed below:
 
1) GUE-IR70-4.32- The project area is located on I-70 approximately 0.4 mile west of the Savage Rd. bridge over I-70.  The proposed project will rehabilitate the existing corrugated metal pipe culvert by installing a tunnel liner.
 
2) GUE-70-4.49- The project area is located on I-70 approximately 0.25 mile west of the Savage Rd. bridge over I-70.  The proposed project will rehabilitate the existing corrugated metal culvert by installing a tunnel liner.   
 
3) MUS-146-8.10- The project area is located on SR 146 approximately 0.75 mile north of the Dillon Dam Rd.    The proposed project will rehabilitate the existing corrugated metal culvert by installing a tunnel liner.  
 
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project.  Environmental impacts could include those involving archeological, architectural and ecological resources, hazardous materials and the general location of the project.
 
Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation District 5, Attention: Amy Toohey, PO Box 306, Jacksontown, Ohio 43030, or by e-mail Amy.Toohey@dot.state.oh.us. ODOT District 5 can also be contacted by telephone at 740-323-5191. All comments must be submitted by January 31, 2014.
 
 
GUE-CUL-FY2016 (PID 89313) The Ohio Department of Transportation is planning a culvert rehabilitation and replacement project on various routes in Guernsey County.   The project will rehabilitate three culverts on I-70, one culvert on I-77 and one culvert on SR 265 by installing culvert liners.  In addition, a culvert on SR 662 will be replaced. 
 
The rehabilitation projects will not require any roadway closures and traffic will be maintained during construction.  The culvert replacement project located on SR 662 approximately 0.31 miles north of SR 209 will require a roadway closure and detour for approximately 14 days.  The anticipated detour route will utilize SR 209, SR 83 and SR 93.  Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2016 and be completed in the fall 2016. 
 
Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015 and be completed in the fall 2015. There are no detour routes required.
 
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project.  Environmental impacts could include those involving archeological, architectural and ecological resources, hazardous materials and the general location of the project.
 
Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation District 5, Attention: Amy Toohey, PO Box 306, Jacksontown, Ohio 43030, or by e-mail Amy.Toohey@dot.state.oh.us. ODOT District 5 can also be contacted by telephone at 740-323-5191. All comments must be submitted by January 31, 2014.
 
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