Construction Project Slated To Begin On U.S. 23
Chillicothe - While lane restrictions remain in effect on U.S. Route 23 in Ross County, a preservation project to restore a damaged bridge deck has been sold, and contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation are getting ready to start.
“The district’s production department worked quickly to design and sell this unplanned project, and following the bid letting this week, we anticipate operations to begin early next week,” said District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart.
According to Brushart, the department has awarded a contract to Complete General Construction to replace the deck on the northbound structure located at the 15.32-mile marker, just south of the state Route 159/Kingston exit. The route has been reduced to one lane in the northbound direction since late April when the driving lane was closed after the bridge deck on the Hopetown Road overpass incurred significant damage.
The contractors are anticipated to begin work the week of June 16, and throughout most construction, both northbound lanes will be closed and all traffic will be diverted to one lane in each direction via the southbound lanes.
Currently, northbound traffic is reduced to one lane, and during the first phase of construction, crews will reduce southbound traffic to one lane and build a median cross-over. Once this is completed, two-way traffic will be redirected in the southbound lanes and a 13–foot width restriction will be in effect.
Complete General Construction of Columbus, Ohio, was awarded a contract for approximately $1.5 million to complete the project, and the scheduled completion date is October 31, 2008. Motorists are reminded to exercise additional caution when traveling through the project area.
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