Lawrence-7 Reopens Following Landslide
Chillicothe (Monday, August 2, 2010) – An emergency rock stabilization in Lawrence County has been completed, and state Route 7 is now open to traffic.
Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation have given the green light to reopen the route’s westbound lanes after contractors completed their efforts to remove additional boulders and rock that were deemed unstable following a landslide that occurred near the 1.0-mile marker.
S.R. 7 West was closed July 21 between its junction with U.S. 52 at the 17th Street/Nick Rahall Bridge and S.R. 527 at the 6th Street/Robert C. Byrd Bridge after a massive boulder gave way from the hillside and fell onto the westbound lanes of S.R. 7 near County Road 124 (Tallow Ridge Road) at Chesapeake.
ODOT contracted with the Alan Stone Company and expedited the stabilization and bench clearing project following field reviews which determined that two substantial boulders and additional rock on the hillside and ledge along S.R. 7 were likely to fall.
Since completing the rock removal on Saturday, July 31, the contractors have been working to clear the remaining debris from the highway, and today, August 2, crews from ODOT’s Lawrence County facility have repaired the pavement that was damaged after the initial fall and installed additional barrier wall along the route’s shoulder.
With all work being completed at approximately 4:30 p.m. today, the route is now open to traffic.
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