Plans Under Way To Start Intersection Project In Chillicothe
North Plaza Boulevard to be relocated this summer
Chillicothe (Friday, May 21, 2010) – The much-anticipated relocation of North Plaza Boulevard in Chillicothe is scheduled to get under way early next month, according to Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9 Deputy Director James A. Brushart.
As part of ODOT's Highway Safety Progam, contractors will relocate the intersection of North Plaza Boulevard with state Route 159 (Bridge Street), realigning North Plaza with the U.S. Route 35 westbound ramps and eliminating the left turn and signal at the existing intersection. In addition, the U.S. 35 westbound off-ramp will be widened and a right-turn lane from the ramp to North Bridge Street will be constructed.
“Upon its completion, the new alignment will serve to reduce the congestion at this busy intersection and provide a welcome relief for the nearly 43,000 motorists who travel this route every day,” said Brushart.
Along with this project, the contractors will install video cameras in the median of U.S. 35 at the interchange for Bridge Street to augment the District 9 Traffic Studies Department’s traffic management program. The cameras will serve as a research tool toward traffic analysis by monitoring traffic flow and movement in relation to delays due to accidents, signal timing and sequencing.
“This is one of the many uses of technology that aid our offices with safety, traffic analysis and access management in relation to operational issues, and much like the cameras being used in the metropolitan areas of the state, the public will also be able to view traffic at this location online as they will eventually be linked to the department’s web site, buckeyetraffic.org,” said Brushart.
Brushart also noted that the cameras are not being used to monitor speed or address any law enforcement matters.
The Shelly Company of Thornville, Ohio, was awarded a contract in the amount of $675,960 to relocate the intersection, and construction is set to begin June 1. Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained with the aid of flaggers as needed, and the project is scheduled to be completed by August 31. Motorists are advised of intermittent periods of delay, especially when crews are at work during peak travel times.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
ODOT District 9
740-774-8834 (office) or 740-637-9037 (mobile)