Bridge Repair Project On Tap For Highland-247
Route Slated For Closure Later This Month
Chillicothe - Contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will undertake a bridge repair project on state Route 247 that will require closure of the route beginning later this month.
According to District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart, a 90-day closure of the route is scheduled to be imparted Wednesday, March 25, whereby the route will be closed at the 4.17-mile marker, just south of County Road 21 (Peach Orchard Road).
“Before determining to close any route for a given project, we examine and give careful scrutiny to the different options that will allow us to keep it open and maintain traffic throughout construction,” said Brushart. “Due to the structural integrity of the existing bridge and the cost-benefit ratio, full closure was deemed necessary for the safety of the traveling public, to expedite the project and to save taxpayers’ dollars.”
Crews from Double Z Construction Company of Columbus, Ohio, will be replacing a deteriorated structure located over Lost Fork Creek, between Peach Orchard Road and Township Road 169 (Walker Road). The project includes replacing the deficient deck, beams and wearing surface, as well as repairing the approaches.
Double Z Construction was awarded a contract in the amount of $829,573 to complete the project. While the route is closed, motorists will be detoured by way of state routes 73 and 785, and although the bridge is anticipated to reopen in late June, the entire project is scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2009.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, weather or other related traffic events visit Buckeye Traffic on ODOT's web site at www.buckeyetraffic.org
For Further Information, Contact: Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio