Ohio Department of Transportation    News Release
District 9  Vaughn Wilson, P.E., Deputy Director
650 Eastern Avenue • Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Comment Period Open For Covered Bridge Project
Chillicothe (Thursday, November 21, 2013) – As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9’s Planning & Engineering Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input on the following proposed project in Jackson County.
Jackson County – JAC-TR291-1.13 (PID: 93989)  The proposed project is the rehabilitation of the Johnson Road Covered Bridge in Scioto Township. The project includes the repair of structural components, the replacement of deteriorated timber members and the installation of new siding and fire protection.

The bridge, which spans the Little Scioto River, was built in 1870 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some small trees and brushes will be removed, but none of these have habitat for the endangered Indiana Bat. No new right of way will be required, and no homes or businesses will be removed as a result of the project.
Additional information regarding this project, including a complete description, maps and plans sheets, is available online at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D09/Pages/Public-Involvement-Process.aspx. Issues the public may wish to comment on include the effect on local residents, air quality, the local economy, and historic or cultural resources. 

Written comments should be
submitted by December 5, 2013, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to:

Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor
P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834, toll free and in Ohio