ODOT seeks comments on improvements to Interstate 70/State Route 9 Interchange at St. Clairsville
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, March 24, 2011) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is proposing improvements to under a mile of Interstate 70 at the State Route 9 Interchange in the city of St.Clairsville.
The project will rehabilitate the bridge that carries I-70 over SR 9, lengthen the westbound I-70 on-ramp from SR 9, and replace the bridge that carries I-70 over the National Road Bikeway and Chambers Run.
Minor new right of way will be required to complete the project. Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2013.
ODOT is proposing the replacement of the current I-70 bridge over the bikeway with two precast culvert type structures. A 184 feet-long, 16-feet x 10-feet precast reinforced concrete, three-sided arch culvert will convey the bike path under I-70 and a 245-feet long, 10-feet x 6-feet precast box culvert will carry Chambers Run. Earthen material will be used to fill the void above both culverts to match the existing I-70 profile.
Pedestrian and bicyclist access to the National Road Bikeway will be maintained at all times during construction activities. Due to the potential dangers associated with overhead work, flaggers will be positioned on the trail to stop trail traffic on either side of the bridge for short periods of time not to last longer than 15 minutes.
The National Road Bikeway comprises 24.710 acres of multi-use trail on former railroad right of way. The proposed undertaking will acquire approximately 0.530 acres of permanent right of way and 0.011 acres of temporary right of way from the Bikeway. The permanent 0.530 acre parcel will be purchased by Warranty Deed with Limitation of Access to I-70 while reserving to the city the right to operate and maintain their Bikeway through the new structure.
Use of federal funds subjects the proposed undertaking to the requirements of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966 which affords protection to publicly owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and public or privately-owned historic resources. The National Road Bikeway is a recognized Section 4(f) property in accordance with Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 774. In order to minimize the impacts to this property, the contractor will be required to provide protection for pedestrian and bicycle traffic passing under the structure. The contractor will place "Road Work Ahead" warning signs approximately 300-feet in advance of the bridge in each direction along the trail. The area underneath the bridge will be restored to a condition at least as good as or better than existing prior to demolition activities.
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental and economic impacts of the proposed project. Environmental impacts include impacts associated with historic resources, hazardous materials, ecological resources, and the general location of the project.
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 April 25, 2011.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us