I-77 bridge repair project to begin next week south of New Philadelphia

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, March 25, 2014)Work is set to begin next Tuesday, April 1st, to repair the bridges over County Road 55 (Joyce Hill Rd.) about three miles south of New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County.
One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction with a barrel zone, while ODOT’s contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio, builds a crossover for traffic control during construction. This work is expected to take about a month and only occur during weekdays.
Once the permanent work zone is completed, four, 11-foot lanes of traffic will be maintained using a contraflow pattern – meaning two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction; however, one direction will be split. For example, one lane of southbound traffic will be crossed over onto I-77 northbound, while the second lane will remain on I-77 southbound. This is the same traffic pattern used on the I-77 construction project last year just north of Bolivar in Stark County.
The completion date for this $3 million project is November 2014.
Click HERE to view a map of the project 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
or email