January 14, 2019
Morgan County Roundabouts Update
As of December, Phase 1 of
the bridge work is complete. This consisted of installing a new “stone look”
bridge parapet wall with railing. The stone on the wall will be stained to
replicate the color of natural sandstone native to the area.
2 of the bridge work begins on April 1. During this phase, a new “stone look”
bridge parapet wall with railing will be installed, similar to what was
installed during Phase 1. There will also be a pedestrian sidewalk with
decorative steel railing installed, as well as new lighting across the bridge.
In addition, there will be a concrete deck overlay placed on the bridge. The
bridge will be down to one lane of traffic during this work.
contractor installed drilled shafts on the McConnelsville side
for a retaining wall. The remainder of the retaining wall work to start at the
beginning of February.
utility companies are set to begin relocating their respective lines in Malta
in two weeks.
contractor is planning to begin water and sanitary sewer work in Malta in
February. There will be daytime only, flagged lane closures for this work.
note that schedules may change based on weather and other factors.
The Morgan County roundabouts project is estimated to begin by the fall of 2018.
Public comments for the proposed Morgan County intersection improvement project are being accepted in writing through May 4, 2017. Please submit them to:
ODOT District 10 PIO
338 Muskingum Drive
Marietta, OH 45750
Intersection Improvement Project Announced
for Morgan County
Public meeting planned for April 4
MARIETTA (February 22, 2017) – A project is planned that will improve safety and congestion at two Morgan County intersections.
The Ohio Department of Transportation District 10 is partnering with the Morgan County Commissioners, the Morgan County Engineer, the Morgan County Improvement Corporation and the Villages of McConnelsville and Malta on the project.
As part of the project, new roundabouts would be constructed at either end of the “new bridge” connecting Malta and McConnelsville. One roundabout would be at the intersection of State Routes 37/78/669 and N Main Street in Malta, while the other would be located at the intersection of State Routes 78/60/37 in McConnelsville.
Also as part of the project, repairs will be made on the bridge and the sidewalk on the bridge will be widened.
"The commissioners are grateful to ODOT for working so diligently on this project, and to both Villages for working together to make their communities safer,” said Morgan County Commissioner Adam Shriver.
“The safety and well-being of all residents of our communities is our top priority and these changes will help to keep our communities safe and improve our bridge for motorists as well as the walking public,” said McConnelsville Mayor John Finley.
The project is being completed ahead of the closure of the “Old Bridge”, which also connects Malta and McConnelsville. A 2010 study revealed safety concerns with that bridge and the cost of repairing it exceeds $5.6 million.
“Most people who have spoken to me agree that it is too costly for Morgan County to repair or replace,” said Morgan County Engineer Stevan Hook . “Once the additional traffic problems are solved for the State Route 37/78/669/60 Bridge and intersections, the ‘Old Bridge’ will be closed and converted to a pedestrian crossing with some modifications.”
“The proposed roundabouts will help the flow of traffic through the village, as the bridge at the south end of town will be closing to vehicle traffic in the next few years,” said Malta Mayor Greg Hill. “Turn lanes will be improved for trucks and trailers coming into the village and will promote safety.”
“Given the eventual closure of the old bridge to vehicular traffic, congestion and delays are more likely to occur at the new bridge with traffic lights,” added Carl Raines, Executive Director of the Morgan County Improvement Corporation. “Roundabouts can become an appealing entrance to both McConnelsville and Malta.”
Steve Williams, Deputy Director of ODOT District 10, says public involvement is an important part of this project.
“ODOT will hold public meetings at a later date to educate the public on the proposals and to look at preferred alternatives,” he said.
The estimated cost of the project is $3.2 million and the projected start date is spring of 2018. ODOT is currently working with the local partners to secure funding for the project.
A public meeting regarding the proposed project will be held on April 4 from 3 to 7 pm at the Riecker Building, 155 E Main Street, McConnelsville.
ODOT District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams will make presentations at 3:30 pm and 6 pm.
The remainder of the meeting will be open for public comments and questions.