Landslide Forces Closure of S.R. 7
Route To Remain Closed Through The Week
Chillicothe (Wednesday, July 21, 2010) – State Route 7 in Lawrence County remains closed at Chesapeake following a landslide that occurred earlier today near County Road 124 (Tallow Ridge Road) and the route’s 1.0-mile marker.
The westbound lanes of state Route 7 were closed between the junction with U.S. 52 at the 17th Street/Nick Rahall Bridge to West Huntington and S.R. 527 at the 6th Street/Robert C. Byrd Bridge to Huntington, West Virginia, after a boulder gave way from the adjacent hillside and fell onto the route’s passing lane.
Crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Lawrence County Highway Maintenance Facility have been working to break apart the boulder and remove debris from the highway, and these efforts will continue through the week. Once the rock is cleared from the highway, ODOT officials will assess the pavement and shoulder to determine any damages that may have occurred as a result of the slide and any repairs that may be warranted.
Although an exact schedule to restore the route to traffic has yet to be determined, it is anticipated that the road will be open by the end of the business day Friday, July 23. The eastbound lanes of the route should not be affected by this closure.
While the westbound lanes are closed, motorists will continue to be detoured through the village of Chesapeake via Third Avenue and C.R. 1(old U.S. 52) to C.R. 144 (Charley Creek Road) and U.S. 52.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit Buckeye Traffic on ODOT's web site at www.buckeyetraffic.org
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer, 1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
or 1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio
or email D09.PIO@dot.state.oh.us