Blasting work to begin along State Route 7 near Rush Run in Jefferson County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Friday, January 18, 2013) – Blasting work is set to begin next week on the hillside above State Route 7 near Rush Run in Jefferson County as part of the$22 million landslide repair project.
ODOT’s contractor, Beaver Excavating Company, from Canton, Ohio, will begin blasting operations next Monday, January 21st, causing some minor traffic delays between 4 and 5 p.m. each day.
Weather permitting, both north and southbound traffic will be stopped daily for approximately 10 minutes while blasting occurs. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays during this hour.
Only one blast will occur per day. Once blasting operations begin, crews will be working 24-hours a day, six days a week, Monday through Saturday, throughout the conclusion of the job.
SR 7 has been reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound side of the highway between Rayland and Brilliant, since a major landslide occurred in March 2011.
All major work is expected to be completed by the fall of 2013; however, some cleanup work may be required in 2014.
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