ODOT seeks comments on State Route 147 bridge removal project in Belmont County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, January 09, 2013) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is proposing a bridge removal project (PID 22714) on State Route 147 west of Bethesda in Belmont County.
The project will remove a deteriorated, steel beam bridge over an abandoned B&O Railroad line and backfill the area with an earthen embankment. Rock channel protection (RCP) will be placed along an unnamed stream at the toe of the new embankment to stabilize the fill and prevent erosion. The RCP will impact 81 feet of an unnamed stream and 0.02 acres of a wetland. An existing 24-inch x 265-feet corrugated metal pipe culvert carrying storm drainage under SR 147 will be replaced with a new 30-inch x 270-feet concrete or metal pipe culvert. The existing guardrail will also be replaced as part of the project.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2015. Traffic will be maintained using part-width construction techniques. Minor new right of way will be required to complete the project; however, no residential or business relocations will be required.
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archeological, architectural and ecological resources, hazardous materials and the general location of the project.
Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, Attention: Thomas E. Stratton, 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. ODOT District 11 can also be contacted by telephone at 330-339-6633. All comments must be submitted by February 8, 2013.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us