Redesign Completed For
Ross-50 Slide Project
Chillicothe (Wednesday, July 5, 2017) – Construction on U.S. Route 50 in Ross County is
set to resume this month, as the engineering staff at the Ohio Department of
Transportation – District 9 have completed a redesign of the landslide
remediation project already under way.
Since the start of construction, the project to repair the slide that is east
of Bainbridge has encountered a series of setbacks and complications due to
the terrain and geological features, as well as weather-related impacts in
early spring and summer that further compromised soil conditions and the
pavement. However, modifications to the original design became necessary
after it was found that bedrock in one section of the project area was deeper
than indicated initially.
modifications being addressed are necessary to ensure the stability of the
route and the embankment. However, we have no intention to close the route
during construction, and our plan is for the contractors to complete the
project under the current maintenance of traffic,” said ODOT District 9
Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
have already installed drilled shafts for a 368-foot retaining wall according
to the original design through the 0.13-mile work zone, as well as a
secondary, shorter wall along a smaller portion of the eastbound lane of the
route. The redesign now includes building an additional, 128-foot drilled
shaft retaining wall at the west end of the construction zone. This wall will
be a double-beamed lag wall, set approximately six feet out from the mainline
and secondary walls already constructed.
While waiting for
the project to be redesigned, the contractor moved operations to another
site. Prior to crews from the George J. Igel Company returning to U.S. 50,
though, the department will need to coordinate the relocation of electric
lines with the local utility company. Once the lines have been moved, work
will resume, and the entire project is now anticipated to be completed by
The George J.
Igel and Company was awarded an initial contract for approximately $898,890
to repair the slide, reconstruct the embankment, pave and set new guardrail,
and it is planned that construction will continue with traffic maintained in
one lane with signals.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required
by applicable federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have
been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of
Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, public information officer
Ohio Department of Transportation - District 9
1-740-774-8834, direct line and outside Ohio
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834, toll free in Ohio