U.S. 52/C.R. 7 Bridge Repair On Tap
Heat Straightening Project Slated To Begin Next Week
Chillicothe (Wednesday, January 23, 2013) – A bridge repair project will get under way next week in Scioto County as the Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to repair the U.S. Route 52 overpass near Franklin Furnace.
On Tuesday, January 29, crews from Civil Construction, Inc. will begin repairing the structural I-beams of the overpass bridge located at the route’s 35.72-mile marker by heat straightening, a method to apply controlled heat to gradually straighten the steel. The overpass bridge, which is situated on C.R. 7 (Junior Furnace – Powellsville Road) and crosses over U.S. 52, was damaged in early December when it was reportedly struck by an overheight vehicle.
During construction, westbound U.S. 52 will be reduced to one lane, and lane restrictions at the bridge on C.R. 7 will remain the same, with it open to one lane of traffic and maintained with temporary traffic signals. Motorists are reminded to pay heed in the construction zone and drive with additional caution.
Civil Construction was awarded a contract in the amount of $159,731.22 to complete the repairs, and while the progression of work will be contingent upon the weather, the project is anticipated to be completed by early March.
For additional information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, ODOT is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer
1-888-819-8501, ext. 774-8834, toll free in Ohio