ODOT seeks comments on SR 170 bridge project at Fredericktown

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, February 10, 2014)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is seeking comments on a State Route 170 bridge replacement project (PID 91557) over Little Beaver Creek north of Calcutta in Columbiana County.
The proposed project will replace the existing 1930, four-span, concrete box-beam bridge with a new, single-span, steel plate, girder structure.
The Little Beaver Creek is designated as a State Wild, National Wild, and Scenic River within the project area. Impacts below the ordinary high water mark or the waterway will be limited to the removal of the three existing piers and existing pier scour protection. The proposed new bridge abutments will be located outside the creek’s ordinary high water elevation. A temporary access fill causeway will be required to facilitate construction. Total impact to the creek will be 102 linear feet.
Kayak and canoe usage of the Little Beaver Creek in the immediate vicinity of the project area will be maintained but will be restricted at various times during construction. It is anticipated that river traffic will be stopped for 10 to 15 minute intervals at various times during construction, but it is expected that these interruptions will be rare. These restrictions will be managed by signage placed on both river banks in conspicuous locations, and the use of a flagger during construction. The river bank signs will provide advance warning of potential delays and access restriction and will also specify the actions required of kayakers and canoeists as they approach the project area. During times when river traffic may need to be stopped, a flagger will be stationed upstream to advise river traffic of the work downstream and direct them to a location where the kayaks and canoes can wait in a calm area or pull off to the side of the river until the flagger provides clearance for them to continue downstream.
SR 170 will be detoured during construction of the bridge anticipated for the spring of 2016. No new right of way will be required to complete the project.
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the potential social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts may include those involving archeological, architectural, or ecological resources, hazardous materials, or impacts of the project on the Little Beaver Creek – a Section 4(f) property.
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 March 10, 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