Construction Set To Begin On Brown-131; Work Zone Safety Urged
Chillicothe (Tuesday, April 16, 2013) – With the 2013 construction season well under way, a resurfacing project is set to begin on state Route 131 in Brown County, and motorists are reminded of the need for caution when traveling in any work zone.
“As our construction program begins to unfold throughout the district, we will see more orange barrels, cones, flaggers and temporary signals in both construction and maintenance projects. Therefore, it’s important to remind motorists of the need for additional safety in all work zones,” said Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
Beginning the week of April 22, lane restrictions will go into effect on S.R. 131, where crews from the Shelly Company will reduce the route to one lane to resurface the entire 7.76 miles of road, from the Clermont to the Highland County line.
Throughout construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane during daytime, business hours, and traffic will be maintained with the use of flaggers when crews are at work.
“The most common causes of crashes are following too closely, failing to yield and control, and speeding,” added Wilson. “While the department takes great precautions to ensure motorists and workers are safe, motorists can help by exercising good judgment and common sense in the work zone.”
The Shelly Company, of Thornville, Ohio was awarded a contract in the amount of approximately $1.06 million to resurface the route, and all work is anticipated to be completed by late October or early November.
For additional information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, ODOT is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line