Jackson-35 Clean-Up Operations Completed
Eastbound Route Restored To Two Lanes
Chillicothe (Tuesday, March 09, 2010) – While a rock slide last month forced lane restrictions and intermittent closure of U.S. 35 East in Jackson County, clean-up operations have been completed, and the route is now open to two lanes of eastbound traffic.
Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Jackson County Highway Maintenance Facility have been clearing remaining rock and excavating the ditchline along eastbound U.S. 35 following the February 10 rock slide and emergency slide repair project in the area immediately east of Caves Road.
“We are very pleased with the teamwork of both our construction and our maintenance forces to expedite this entire project,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director James Brushart. “Working in frigid temperatures during inclement winter weather last month was challenging to say the least; however, both contractors and county crews have worked as quickly as possible to restore eastbound U.S. 35 to two lanes, and they are to be commended for their efforts.”
The emergency excavation project became necessary after a rock slide occurred during the early morning hours of February 10 at the 6.32-mile marker along U.S. 35 East, approximately six miles east of the Jackson-Ross County line. Field review by ODOT engineers and geologists determined that other rocks or boulders along the hillside and ledge may be unstable and should be removed.
A Type A Emergency contract was awarded to Stable Construction to remove the majority of large rock that rested along the hillside and repair the ledge adjacent to U.S. 35 East. While their work was completed by February 23, ODOT maintenance crews have since been working to remove additional rock from the ditchline and shoulder.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer, ODOT District 9