News Release


District 10 • 338 Muskingum Drive • Marietta, Ohio 45750 •


Phase Three of Nelsonville Bypass to Sell in July


Athens County (May 29, 2009) - Phase three of the US 33 Nelsonville Bypass, the largest stimulus project in Ohio, will go out for bid on July 22, 2009. Phase three is estimated to be around $100 million. Phase two is set to go out for bid the beginning of August.

Phase three will begin near Doanville and focus on constructing 3.87 miles of a new four-lane highway. Also included in Phase three is the construction of the US 33/ SR 78 / SR 691 interchange. The project will reroute SR 78 1.63 miles through the Happy Hollow Area to form the interchange. when completed, the bypass will be eight-and-a-half miles long.

"The investment in the Nelsonville Bypass will have the greatest local, regional, and multi-state economic impact than any other transportation project in District 10," stated Larry Woodford, ODOT District 10 Deputy Director. "Furthermore, the bypass will provide a safe connection to other major routes throughout our district and make travel easier to Appalachia and its unique destinations."

The US 33 Corridor is a designated National Highway System route that extends from Michigan to Virginia. US 33 carries a substantial amount of interstate traffic between cities such as South Bend and Fort Wayne Indiana; Columbus, Ohio; and Charleston West Virginia.

As part of the $774 million transportation stimulus funds, Phase two and three of the Nelsonville Bypass received $150 million total from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A website has been created for the Nelsonville Bypass Project. For more information, click HERE.


To seamlessly link Ohio’s highways, railways, transit, aviation and port facilities, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will promote a world-class, integrated multi-modal transportation system that is cost-efficient, effective and reliable for all of the state’s citizens, businesses and travelers. ODOT District 10 serves Ohio’s multi-modal transportation needs in Athens, Gallia, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Vinton & Washington Counties.

For more information contact David Rose at (740) 568-3904, ODOT District 10 Communications Office. Up-to-date traffic and construction information can be found online 24-hours a day at