ODOT, Contractors Collaborate To Expedite Bridge Project
Chillicothe’s South Bridge Street Closure Now Limited To 100 Days
Chillicothe (Friday, April 12, 2013) – Although the start of construction for a bridge replacement project in Chillicothe has been delayed, it won't mean a delayed completion as the project is now slated to be done nearly three months earlier than originally planned.
According to Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson, ODOT officials have collaborated with the contractors, Complete General Construction, to accelerate the bridge replacement project on state Route 104 (South Bridge Street) at Chillicothe.
“With any construction or maintenance project there is an impact to the motorists and residents who travel through and live in the project area. Realizing the effect the closure of South Bridge Street will have on the traveling public, we have outlined a plan with the construction team from Complete General to accelerate the project and minimize this impact to the community,” said Wilson.
The original contract allowed for the bridge to be closed to traffic for 180 days; however, in a partnering session between ODOT and the contractors, an agreement was reached whereby construction will be expedited through several measures, including extended work hours and additional crews. As a result, the bridge will now be closed for 100 days, and the closure will go into effect April 29.
Crews from Complete General Construction will be replacing the South Bridge Street twin bridges over the CSX Corporation and Glatfelter Railroad, between Southern Avenue and Eighth Street/Eastern Avenue, with a four-span bridge. Construction will also include guardrail replacement and approach work, and throughout the 100-day closure, traffic will be detoured via Eastern Avenue and U.S. Route 23.
Complete General Construction was awarded a contract for approximately $2.34 million, and all work is anticipated to be completed by mid-fall.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, ODOT is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
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