Hall Meeting Addresses Ross-50 Slide Remediation
Residents hear update,
discuss possible closure through remainder of construction
September 12, 2017) - Hearing the concerns of community members during a town hall
meeting in Bainbridge, Ohio Department of Transportation officials will take
another look at the maintenance of traffic plan for the landslide remediation
project on U.S. Route 50 in Ross County.
The project, which calls
for reconstructing U.S. 50 and installing a 368-foot, drilled shaft retaining
wall just west of Township Road 150 (California Hollow Road) and three miles east
of Bainbridge, has been on hold since early June after encountering a series
of setbacks due to complications from the terrain and geological features, as
well as weather-related impacts in the spring and early summer.
the original design became necessary after it was found that bedrock in one
section of the project area was deeper than indicated initially. Although contractors
have completed portions of the original project through the 0.13-mile work
zone, the redesign now includes building an additional, 128-foot drilled
shaft retaining wall at the west end of the construction zone with 32,
During the meeting held Tuesday, September 12, ODOT
District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson outlined the plan to move forward
with construction, and it includes closing U.S. 50 for approximately two
months. Those in attendance shared their concerns regarding the effect closing
the route will have on the community, particularly the Paint Valley Local
School District and area emergency responders.
“It has not been our intent to close U.S. 50 during this
project, and we have wanted and have worked to avoid this if at all possible.
However, there are several concerns with keeping the route open to traffic
during construction,” said Wilson, who also noted during the meeting that
ODOT staff will re-examine the traffic plan.
“We’ll take another look at the design plan to determine if
there is any way to keep the route open to one lane and maintain traffic
safely while construction is under way,” said Wilson.
As part of the re-engineering, it was determined that a
full closure of the route would be necessary to complete construction safely
and efficiently due to
the scope of the work, the size of the beams to be installed, and the weight
and size of the equipment to be used to install the beams.
In addition to safety concerns for motorists and crews,
there are concerns regarding the overall schedule. To reconstruct the
existing pavement so that traffic can be maintained during construction will delay
the project further and could result in a time extension into 2018.
A decision regarding the maintenance of traffic plan will be made before the
end of the week, and in the event that construction will proceed with a full
closure of the route, U.S. 50 will be closed Monday, September 18, with
traffic being detoured by way of S.R. 41 at Bainbridge and S.R. 28 at Slate Mills.
Although a closure of U.S. 50 would extend through November, accommodations
to the traffic plan to re-open the route to one lane during the Fall Festival
of Leaves in October will be addressed.
review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal
environmental laws for these projects 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
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio
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