Jackson-35 Slide Repair Nearly Completed
Route Still Restricted For Clean-Up, Excavation Work
Chillicothe (Friday, February 26) – While most work for an emergency slide repair project on U.S. Route 35 East in Jackson County has been completed, the route continues to be restricted to one lane of traffic for final clean-up.
Crews from Stable Construction have removed the majority of large rock that rested along the hillside adjacent to U.S. 35 East, with the last large section of one boulder brought down earlier this week. Although the contractors have completed their operations, the route continues to be reduced to one lane of traffic in the eastbound direction as crews from the Jackson County Highway Maintenance Facility will be clearing remaining rock and debris from the ditchline as weather permits.
Once the county forces complete the final clean-up and further excavate the ditchline through the area, the concrete barrier will be relocated to the shoulder and eastbound U.S. 35 will be reopened to two lanes of traffic. Motorists are reminded to continue exercising caution when traveling through the project zone.
The emergency excavation project became necessary after a rock slide occurred Wednesday, February 10, in the area just east of Caves Road, 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 may be unstable and should be removed.
Stable Construction was awarded a Type A Emergency contract this week to remove the rock and repair the ledge and hillside between the 6.0 and 7.0-mile markers, adjacent to U.S. 35 East.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer, ODOT District 9
740-774-8834 (office) or 740-637-9037 (mobile)