to resume near Rush Run
JEFFERSON COUNTY – After a giant boulder
slowed progress last August on the slope stabilization project along State
Route 7 at Rush Run, work is moving forward next week to remove it.
Expert slope constructors have assisted
ODOT to stabilize the outer portions of the failure area for the last few
months, removing loose material where necessary.
This past week they have begun to drill
holes in preparation of blasting and next week hope to resume operations to
remove it completely.
SR 7 traffic will be stopped during
blasting just as it has been in the past – both north and southbound directions
for 15 minutes while blasting occurs.
Motorists should plan ahead to avoid
delays. ODOT’s main goal continues to be safety while minimizing the public’s
The road will remain one lane in each
direction both north and southbound during the remainder of the construction,
but officials are hopeful that once the hazard is removed the roadway can be
restored to four lanes, and paved in the spring.
landslide occurred, restricting traffic along SR 7 in March 2011. Altogether,
over $68 million has been invested into repairing this hillside and improving
the long-term safety for motorists along this five-mile stretch of SR 7.