ODOT to invest more than $10 million in repairs on State Route 7
 
MONROE COUNTY (Thursday, February 20, 2014) – This year’s harsh winter coupled with increased heavy truck traffic has put more stress on southeastern Ohio roadways this year, especially on State Route 7 in Monroe County. Due to the pavement conditions of the road, ODOT District 10 will be investing more than $10 million on paving SR 7 in Monroe and Washington counties.  
 
“We have received feedback regarding the condition of State Route 7 and we want to inform the residents of Monroe County that we are aware of the situation and will begin major paving this year,” said District 10 Deputy Director T. Steve Williams.
 
Nearly 13 miles of SR 7 will be paved in Monroe County, between Duffy and Clarington. In Washington County nearly 15 miles will be paved. In addition, more pavement projects are planned for 2015.
 
Until the district begins paving this construction season, ODOT Monroe County highway crews will continue to implement short-term pothole repairs using a winter asphalt mix. This cold weather mix is more pliable, flexible and able to contract and expand during frigid temperatures. This winter alone Monroe County has already used nearly 70 tons of “cold mix” repairing potholes and Washington County crews have used approximately 65 tons.
 
During winter, the natural freeze-thaw cycle reduces the performance of pavement and causes potholes and other pavement deficiencies. The increase of heavy truck loads also add to the stressing of pavement by making larger potholes and rutting.
 
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For more information contact:
David Rose, Public Information Officer, at (614) 623-4814 or email david.rose@dot.state.oh.us