Emergency Stabilization Project Nears Completion
Route Likely To Reopen Late Monday
Chillicothe (Sunday, August 1, 2010) – With the last of the rock coming down this weekend, construction for an emergency repair project on state Route 7 in Lawrence County is nearing completion, and the route may be open to traffic by late Monday.
Under an emergency contract, contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation have been removing boulders and rock from the hillside and ledge along S.R. 7 after a landslide that occurred near the 1.0-mile marker of the route’s westbound lanes forced its closure last month.
S.R. 7 West has been closed between its junction with U.S. 52 at the 17th Street/Nick Rahall Bridge and S.R. 527 at the 6th Street/Robert C. Byrd Bridge since July 21 after a massive boulder gave way from the hillside and fell onto the westbound lanes of S.R. 7 near County Road 124 (Tallow Ridge Road) at Chesapeake.
ODOT expedited the stabilization and bench clearing project following field reviews which determined that two substantial boulders and additional rock on the hillside were unstable and likely to fall.
Crews from the Alan Stone Company and their sub-contractors, AIS Construction, have been working since early last week to remove the boulders, and the last of the rock came down late Saturday.
The contractors will now continue clearing the rock and debris from the highway, and it is anticipated that this work will be completed by Monday afternoon. However, the westbound lanes of S.R. 7 will remain closed until the pavement has been cleared and any repairs to the highway have been made.
Until S.R. 7 West is reopened to traffic, motorists will continue to be detoured through the village of Chesapeake via Third Avenue and C.R. 1 (old U.S. 52) to C.R. 144 (Charley Creek Road) and U.S. 52.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer, 1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
or 1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio