Ross-772 Culvert Project Encounters Delay
Chillicothe - With a culvert replacement project on state Route 772 well under way, crews from the Ohio Department of Transportation Ross County have encountered a setback that will extend the duration of the project.
The route was closed earlier today at the 12.70-mile marker, approximately one-half mile south of County Road 175 (Liberty Hill Road), for a two-day culvert replacement project. However, when crews began cutting and removing the pavement, they discovered the deteriorated pipe buried beneath approximately five feet of hard concrete, which will now have to be excavated before they can begin setting a new culvert.
“This is an unusual circumstance and certainly one that wasn’t expected,” said Transportation Administrator Mike Darbyshire. “Normally, the pipes are covered by a low-strength concrete that is easily dug out and removed.”
While crews will continue working to replace the culvert and restore the route, the closure has been extended through Saturday, April 11, or until all work is completed.
It is anticipated that the road will be open by 5 p.m. Saturday, and motorists will continue to be detoured by way of state Route 104/U.S. Route 23 and County Road 167 (Blain Highway).
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