SOVMH: Operations Moving Into Second Shift On Fairground Road
Robert Lucas Road closure postponed
Chillicothe (Monday, August 29, 2016) – Contractors building the new state Route 823 in Scioto County are busy throughout the entire corridor; however, crews in the Segment 4 area of U.S. Route 23 and County Road 55 (Fairground Road) will be stepping up operations this week with a second shift.
Beginning tonight, August 29, crews from the Portsmouth Joint Venture (PJV) will be working a second shift in the area of Fairground Road, where they will be moving in and out of the immediate work zone to excavate and haul materials.
Along with the daytime operations, the evening and overnight shift will be in effect from approximately 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Nighttime operations are also under way in other areas of Segment 4, including C.R. 54 (Morris Lane-Blue Run Road) and C.R. 184 (Flatwood-Fallen Timber Road).
Although Flatwood-Fallen Timber Road has been closed for excavation and bridge construction, Fairground Road will remain open, and traffic will be maintained by flaggers as needed.
Motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution on Fairground Road, as well as on U.S. 23, which is reduced to one lane in each direction between Fairground Road and the S.R. 728/348 intersection.
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This week’s closure of Township Road 528 (Robert Lucas Road) in Lucasville has been postponed, and the route will be open to traffic on Wednesday, August 31.
Robert Lucas Road was scheduled to be closed at the Norfolk-Southern Railroad crossing this Wednesday while PJV crews used the crossing to mobilize equipment to Fairground Road where the project’s asphalt plant operation will be stationed.
Currently, a new date to conduct this move and close the road has yet to be determined.
In the spirit of a public-private partnership, the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Portsmouth Gateway Group are constructing the new state Route 823, a 16-mile, four-lane, limited access highway from U.S. 23 at Lucasville to U.S. 52 at Sciotoville in Scioto County. The Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway is the department’s first P3 project and the largest, modern earthwork project to be constructed in the state’s history.
For more information, please contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-740-774-8834 (direct line or outside Ohio)
1-888-819-8501, ext. 7748834 (toll free in Ohio)
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.