U.S. 52 West Reduced To One Lane Following Slide
Bench Cleaning Project Will Address Rock Fall
U.S. 52 West was reduced to one lane at the 12.50-mile marker, just west of Township Road 268 (Crabtree Hollow Road) and near the Ashland, Ky., twin bridges, shortly before 11 a.m. today, November 20, after debris and small rocks fell from the hillside ledges.
Although crews from ODOT’s Lawrence County Highway Maintenance Facility cleared the roadway, they placed barrier and closed the driving lane of U.S. 52, restricting traffic to one lane in the westbound direction while a project gets under way to remove loose rock from the hillside.
Currently, contractors for ODOT are undertaking a bench cleaning project from just west of the S.R. 650 interchange at Hanging Rock to just east of Coal Grove and the Ashland bridges. The project, which began Monday, includes excavating and scaling the rock slopes and benches along the route’s westbound side in order to reduce the potential for rock falls.
Although crews from BUDS, Inc. were scheduled to be working at other locations this week, they will move operations to this site and begin clearing the area tomorrow, November 21.
Throughout the construction project, traffic will be maintained in a minimum of one lane in each direction at all times; however, there should be little to no impact to eastbound motorists as most work will take place along the route’s westbound side. All motorists, though, are reminded of the need for additional caution when traveling through the area.
BUDS, Inc. was awarded a contract in the amount of $268,990 in early October to complete the bench cleaning project, and all work is anticipated to be completed during the winter of 2014.
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)