Work to begin tomorrow on State Route 7 crossover for southbound traffic in southern Jefferson County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, March 24, 2011) – ODOT's contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc., from Rayland, will begin work tomorrow, Friday, March 25th, to construct a crossover for State Route 7 southbound traffic between the Salt Run and Rush Run Exits in Jefferson County.
By the end of next week, ODOT hopes to have one lane of traffic moving in each direction in the northbound lanes. The contractor must install a one mile long work zone, using 8,200 feet of concrete barrier.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, "Our contractor is mobilizing their equipment and resources today and will begin construction tomorrow and work over the weekend. Getting SR 7 southbound traffic moving again is a priority for us; it's vital to the economy of the area."
The southbound lanes of SR 7 have been closed on and off, since landslide activity began about 250 feet above the highway on March 11th. MacAdam said, "All of the precipitation early this year caused excess water buildup in an abandoned underground mine, causing the saturated soils to slide down the hill. With the rainy season just now approaching us, we cannot reopen the southbound lanes to traffic for safety reasons until the slope is stabilized."
ODOT officials and geotechnical engineers have evaluated the hillside and are continuing to do more analysis to determine the best and most cost effective type of remediation project.
Until the crossover is completed, southbound traffic will continue to be detoured west on SR 151 to Smithfield, to SR 152 south to Dillonvale, to SR 150 east back to SR 7 in Rayland. Commercial truck traffic should cross the Veteran's Memorial Bridge/U.S. Route 22 eastbound into West Virginia and use State Route 2 southbound. SR 7 southbound is open to Brilliant and the Cardinal Plant.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us