Routine Inspections On Tap For Ironton-Russell
Chillicothe (Thursday, November 1, 2011) – As part of its regular maintenance program, the Ironton-Russell will undergo a series of inspections in the coming weeks, requiring periodic lane restrictions.
As part of the state’s annual bridge inspection program, contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will conduct routine field inspections of the Ironton-Russell Bridge in Lawrence County during the upcoming weeks.
Beginning Monday, November 5, and continuing through November 16, crews from Richland Engineering will be conducting physical inspections that include testing and examining pins and gusset plates from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day as weather permits.
During the next two weeks, the bridge will be open to traffic and maintained in one lane by flaggers when crews are at work. Crews will attempt to minimize traffic impacts; however, intermittent lane restrictions may cause some periods of delay.
In addition to Richland Engineering crews, crews from the University of Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute may also be on site to test the bridge’s strain gauge monitoring system. Similarly, the bridge will be open to traffic and maintained by flaggers when crews are at work.
Along with other regularly scheduled inspections, these annual tests and inspections are part of the department’s maintenance and research program for all bridges maintained by ODOT.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit Buckeye Traffic on ODOT's web site at www.buckeyetraffic.org
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
1-740-774-8834, direct line & outside Ohio