ODOT, ODNR Recognize Partners on the
State Route 664 Realignment Project at Old Man’s Cave
Project advances more than two years ahead of schedule
LOGAN (Thursday, January 10, 2013) – Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jerry Wray and Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Assistant Chief of Ohio State Parks Jon Dobney today held a ceremony to honor the many partners involved in the recently completed State Route 664 realignment project near Old Man’s Cave.
“This project is a perfect example of the success we can have when both public and private organizations work together,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “Not only does this project improve safety for park visitors, it also supports the area’s tourism industry by creating a more pleasant guest experience and enhancing visitor access in and around the state park.”
The public and private partners recognized at the ceremony today included the nonprofit group, The Friends of Hocking Hills State Park, who donated funds for the preliminary safety study; consulting and engineering firm Stantec, who performed the safety study and design plans; the contractor George J. Igel and Company; and local ODOT and ODNR employees who worked tirelessly to advance the project more than two years ahead of schedule.
“The realignment of State Route 664 will ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for the 3 million people who visit Hocking Hills State Park each year,” said ODNR Director James Zehringer. “With support from The Friends of Hocking Hills State Park as well as a generous donation from husband and wife Clyde Gosnell and Omie Warner, this realignment project became a reality.”
An early analysis of the area in 2008 showed visitors only had a single crosswalk to safely traverse State Route 664 from the parking lot to Old Man’s Cave. In addition, the previous alignment of the road ran as close as 32 feet from the Old Man’s Cave Gorge and hiking trails, further adding to potential safety conflicts in the area.
The nearly one mile realignment of State Route 664 enhances safety and improves park access for both motorists and pedestrians alike. With a wider roadway and shoulder, left turn lanes to popular dining and lodging services and a new pedestrian and bike path, all visitors can easily and safely enter and use all nearby park attractions at Old Man’s Cave.
The area known as Hocking Hills State Park consists of six separate ranges encompassing more than 2,300 acres. Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Conkle's Hollow (a state nature preserve), Rock House and Cantwell Cliffs are each unique in their own way. Hocking Hills State Park is surrounded by 9,588 acres of the Hocking State Forest.
For more information, contact ODOT District 10 Communications Manager David Rose at David.Rose@dot.state.oh.us or call 614-623-4814 or ODNR Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator Jason Fallon at Jason.Fallon@dnr.state.oh.us or 614-265-6860.