Work to begin next week on Interstate 70 retaining wall near Exit 220
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, February 04, 2013) – Work is planned to begin next Monday, February 11th, to build a retaining wall outside of the westbound Interstate 70 truck lane just east of the U.S. Route 40 off-ramp in Belmont County. A slope failure caused the lane to be closed last May.
ODOT’s contractor, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co., from Powhatan Point, will erect a drilled shaft retaining wall behind the existing guardrail along westbound I-70 and reconstruct the truck lane. Additionally, the drainage will be modified and diverted away from the failed area to the next culvert downgrade.
Two lanes of traffic westbound will be maintained at all times, and eastbound traffic should not be affected by this work.
All work is expected to be completed on this $2 million project by June 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