Emergency Stabilization Project Under Way On S.R. 7
Westbound Lanes Remain Closed; Eastbound Lanes Subject to Intermittent Closure
Chillicothe (Monday, July 26, 2010) – Construction is under way for an emergency repair project on state Route 7 in Lawrence County following a landslide that occurred near the 1.0-mile marker of the route’s westbound lanes last week.
On Friday, July 23, the Ohio Department of Transportation awarded a Type A Emergency contract to the Alan Stone Company to clear additional boulders or rock from the hillside and ledge along S.R. 7. ODOT expedited this project following field reviews which determined that additional boulders or rock on the hillside appear to be unstable.
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.
Although a schedule to complete the work and reopen the route has yet to be determined, it is expected that S.R. 7 West will be closed through the end of this week. In addition, the eastbound lanes of the route will be subject to intermittent periods of closure when crews are pushing rocks from the hillside.
While the westbound lanes of S.R. 7 will remain closed throughout this project, 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. With the exception of temporary periods of closure, the eastbound lanes of the route will remain open.
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