ODOT to perform paving operation
on Vinton County U.S. Route 50
 
VINTON COUNTY (Friday, March 7, 2014) – With warmer weather moving in early next week, ODOT Vinton County will be “drag patching” a 10 mile stretch of U.S. Route 50 beginning Monday, March 10 through Tuesday, March 11. This short-term repair will help improve the current condition of the roadway until this summer when a full depth pavement project begins.  
 
“Back in February we said paving US 50 was priority one,” said District 10 Deputy Director T. Steve Williams. “We are keeping our promise to the residents of Vinton and Athens counties and getting it done.”
 
Two crews will be working simultaneously. The first beginning near the intersection of SR 278 in Vinton County heading eastbound, and the second beginning at the junction of US 50/SR 32 in Athens County heading westbound.
 
Click HERE for a map of the paving operation.
 
One lane of traffic will be open at all times during the paving operation. With traffic being maintained by flaggers, motorists are advised to SLOW DOWN and use caution when driving through this area.
 
Drag patching refers to the method of paving whereby a thin layer of asphalt is smoothed out by a grader and then compacted using a roller, filling in potholes and other pavement deficiencies.
 
“I want to personally thank our maintenance forces for stepping up on and working expediently to make this happen,” said Williams.
 
Several other counties, including Athens, Gallia, Hocking and Meigs, will be assisting Vinton County high crews with the paving operation. ODOT will use approximately 800 tons of asphalt from the Mar-Zane asphalt plant in Haydenville.
 
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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