SR 7 traffic delays expected in Jefferson County for tree removal

                                Hillside preparation  for slope repair project to begin later this year
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, March 03, 2014)Beginning today, traffic delays are expected on State Route 7 just north of Rush Run in Jefferson County for tree removal in preparation for another slope repair project to begin late this summer.
Rolling road blocks will be used to stop traffic in both directions at 15 minute intervals to allow for tree removal work on the hillside above SR 7.
Work will take place today between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. However, beginning tomorrow, work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead to avoid delays or use an alternate route. This project is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.
ODOT’s contractor performing this work is EcoTree Services, from Amherst, Ohio, and the cost is about $400,000.
The $16 million slope repair project will be approximately ½ mile in length and include excavation and benching the failed rock face and wooded slopes above SR 7, pavement rehabilitation, and construction of a permanent rock catchment area.
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