Ironton-Russell Rehabilitation Project To Begin Next Month
Chillicothe – Although an exact start date has yet to be established, the project to rehabilitate the Ironton-Russell Bridge will get under way in the coming weeks as contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation initiate plans to mobilize their crews.
According to ODOT District 9 Deputy Director James A. Brushart, crews from Armstrong Steel Erectors of Newark, Ohio, are preparing to begin preliminary operations for the rehabilitation project by late February, with traffic impacts going into effect in April.
“The contractors have indicated that they will try to begin the first phase of construction next month; however, their start date will be contingent upon the delivery of materials and the mobilization of crews and equipment,” said Brushart.
The overall rehabilitation project will include repairs of the bridge deck and grid panels, specific fatigue areas and one bearing. In addition, the contractors will be improving the skid resistance of the bridge and repairing lighting, guardrail and various seals.
“The rehabilitation project is key to maintaining the existing Ironton-Russell Bridge until such time that a new bridge can be constructed, so I am pleased that it is moving forward,” said Representative Todd Book (D-McDermott), of the Ohio House’s 89th District. “The bridge is an important structure for both Ironton and Russell, and we realize the impact that this project will have on the business community and downtown motorists,” added Brushart. “Therefore, we appreciate their support and patience while operations are under way and during periods of closure.”
Throughout much of construction, two-way traffic will be maintained in at least one lane; however, the bridge will be subject to periods of daytime closure in order for the contractors to facilitate operations such as deck repair, panel replacement and lighting. While the schedule for periods of closure has yet to be determined, the overall schedule for the entire project has a completion date of July 31, 2008.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 9
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834 in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio