Ohio Department of Transportation    News Release
District 9  Vaughn Wilson, P.E., Deputy Director
650 Eastern Avenue • Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
Paving Project To Get Under Way In Ironton
Jefferson Street Slated For Temporary Closure

Chillicothe (Monday, January 28, 2013) – As part of the Ironton-Russell Bridge replacement project, contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will impart restrictions in the project’s construction zone in downtown Ironton effective this week.  
Crews from Brayman Construction will close Jefferson Street between Second and Third streets for pavement reconstruction. The route will be closed Wednesday, January 30, for approximately 45 days, and while it is closed, motorists will be detoured locally through downtown.
 The Ironton-Russell Bridge replacement project will relocate the existing bridge from the junction of Second and Jefferson streets in downtown Ironton to the U.S. 23 viaduct south of Russell, Kentucky. The project, which has an interim completion of 2015, also includes demolition of the existing bridge upon completion of the new structure.
ODOT awarded a contract in January to Brayman Construction Corporation in the amount of $81,266,742.05, approximately four percent below the state’s final estimate of $84,555,000, to replace the Ohio River crossing. Brayman Construction is headquartered in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs.  With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, ODOT is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation.  Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development.  As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-740-774-8834 (direct line or outside Ohio)
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834 (toll free in Ohio)