blast to remove giant boulder scheduled for Friday near Rush Run
JEFFERSON COUNTY – The last blast is scheduled
for this Friday, March 16th, between 11 AM and 3 PM to remove what
is remaining of a giant boulder that slowed progress last August on the slope
stabilization project along State Route 7 at Rush Run.
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.
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.