Emergency Contract To Be Awarded Following Culvert Collapse
Contractor likely to begin work on Highland-785 next week
Chillicothe (Friday, August 19, 2016) – Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 are working to expedite an emergency repair project on state Route 785 in Highland County, and construction is likely to begin early next week.
S.R. 785 was closed Wednesday, August 17, between S.R. 73 and S.R. 247 after heavy storms and flash flooding caused a culvert to collapse and the pavement to give way. The section of road that has been lost is located immediately east of its junction with Township Road 186 (Burgess Road).
“Staff from our planning and engineering are working to move a project forward with a Type A emergency contract that will allow construction to begin immediately so that we can restore the route to traffic as quickly as possible,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
Currently, the district’s design and geotechnical engineers are outlining the project, coordinating utilities and establishing materials needed to replace the culvert, and it is anticipated that a contractor will be able to mobilize crews and begin work on Monday, August 22.
Although a timeline to complete the project has yet to be determined, construction could take three to four weeks, and while S.R. 785 remains closed, motorists will continue to be detoured via S.R. 73 and S.R. 247.
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
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio