Jackson-327 Scheduled To Remain Open Following Slip
Traffic To Be Maintained In One Lane With Signals
Chillicothe (Wednesday, March 10, 2010) – Following a rock slide that occurred last night along state Route 327, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Jackson County Highway Maintenance Facility are working today to remove additional rock from the hillside and clear the roadway of debris.
The route is reduced to one lane near the route’s 19.50-mile marker, immediately south of Township Road 207 (Woodrow Hale Road), where large boulders have fallen and more are likely to come down. Currently, traffic is being maintained with temporary traffic signals.
“Much like the rock slide on U.S. 35 last month, we will be working as quickly as possible to restore the route to two lanes of traffic,” said District 9 Deputy Director Jim Brushart. “However, ODOT's focus is on safety both for the traveling public as well as our crews, and so it remains our goal that the route is safe and passable before it is fully reopened to two lanes.”
While crews from the department’s maintenance facility are working to remove any loose rock and clear debris, ODOT’s team of geo-technical engineers and geologists are assessing the site to determine any further action that may be required to stabilize the area.
Although traffic will be maintained in one lane, motorists who want to avoid the area may detour by way of state Route 93 at Wellston to S.R. 683 to U.S. 50 and S.R. 327 in Vinton County.
It is not yet known how long the lane restrictions will be in effect.
For more information regarding lane restrictions or closures due construction, maintenance, accidents, weather or other related traffic events visit ODOT=s web site at www.buckeyetraffic.org
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
ODOT District 9