SR 682 Bridge over U.S. 33 to be Upgraded
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MARIETTA (Friday, May 24, 2013)The State Route 682 bridge over U.S. Route 33 is scheduled to be upgraded beginning Monday, June 10, 2013. The project includes replacing the bridge deck and abutments*, approach slab** reconstruction and installation of new guardrail. 
Beginning Monday, June 10, the SR 682 bridge will be reduced to one lane with traffic being maintained by concrete barriers and traffic signals. 
A signal analysis by District 10’s traffic department shows there will be delays when the bride is reduced to one lane. However, with “demand-actuated” traffic signals, traffic will move through the intersection more efficiently, reducing any backup from the ramps onto U.S. 33.  A demand-actuated traffic signal detects when a vehicle has approached a red light, thereby activating the light to turn green.  This type of signal detection reduces wait times and signal maintenance.
Weather permitting, both lanes of traffic will be reopened November 2013.
Originally designed in 1958, the current U.S. Route 33 and SR 682 intersection carries more than 4,500 vehicles per day.
Motorists should use caution throughout construction work zones this year. The top three causes of work zone crashes are: following too closely, failure to control, and improper lane change – all of which can be prevented by safe driving.
For up-to-the-minute road conditions and details on highway construction projects in every area of the state, visit ODOT’s premier Web site: www.ohgo.com.
 
*An abutment is the substructure at the end of each bridge.
** An approach slab is the area between the bridge deck and the roadway. A bridge approach slab is used to provide a smooth and structurally sound transition from the pavement to the bridge.
 
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For more information contact:
David Rose, Public Information Officer, at (740) 568-3904 or email david.rose@dot.state.oh.us