Emergency Repair Project Slated For Jackson-35
Crews scheduled to mobilize early next week
Chillicothe (Friday, February 12, 6:00 p.m.) - Following a rock slide off U.S. Route 35 in Jackson County this week, officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation have determined to move forward with an emergency repair project.
Currently, U.S. 35 is reduced to one lane in the eastbound direction at the 6.32-mile marker near Caves Road, where a slide occurred during the early morning hours Wednesday, February 10.
Upon field review by ODOT engineers and geologists, it has been determined that other rock along the hillside may be unstable and should be removed. This has led to an Emergency Type A project that should start early next week.
"Safety is ODOT's priority, and our team is working as quickly as possible to expedite an emergency project to repair the ledge and hillside and restore the route to two lanes of traffic," said District 9 Deputy Director Jim Brushart.
Crews from Stable Construction are now scheduled to begin work early next week to remove any rock or part of the ledge which may be unstable or has the potential to fall.
Although U.S. 35 East is currently open to one lane of traffic in the passing lane, full closure of the route may be necessary during operations. In addition, crews from ODOT's Jackson County facility will be monitoring the hillside throughout the weekend.
Westbound U.S. 35 should not be affected by this restriction or closure.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
ODOT District 9