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Lane Restrictions Remain In Place On U.S. 23
Preservation Project on Tap This Summer

Chillicothe - While lane restrictions remain in effect on U.S. Route 23 in Ross County, a preservation project to restore a damaged bridge deck is being programmed for construction this summer.

The route is reduced to one lane in the northbound direction at the 15.32-mile marker, just south of the state Route 159/Kingston exit, where the driving lane of the bridge deck over Hopetown Road has incurred significant damage.

After investigation by the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9’s Bridge and Traffic Studies Department, it was determined that it will be necessary to replace the bridge deck rather than provide a temporary repair. In order to facilitate operations, the district’s Production Department is programming a construction project to sell in June.

“Although the situation at hand creates a significant impact to motorists who use this busy section of highway, it is necessary for the safety of the traveling public that the lane restriction remains in place as we undertake a complete replacement of the bridge deck,” said Deputy Director James Brushart.

An exact schedule for construction has yet to be established; however, the project is anticipated to begin in early summer and continue throughout much of the year. During most construction, both northbound lanes will be closed, and all traffic will be diverted via the southbound lanes, which will be maintained in one lane in each direction.

Currently, northbound traffic is reduced to one lane, and the southbound lanes of the route are not affected by this restriction. Northbound motorists are reminded to exercise additional caution in the project area.

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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 and outside Ohio