Blasting work continues along State Route 7 near Rush Run in Jefferson County; tree removal completed

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, March 27, 2014)Blasting work continues daily on the hillside above State Route 7 near Rush Run in Jefferson County as part of the ongoing $22 million landslide repair project. 
ODOT’s contractor, Beaver Excavating Company, from Canton, Ohio, performs blasting operations Monday through Saturday between 3 and 5:30 p.m., causing some minor traffic delays.
Weather permitting, both north and southbound traffic will continue to be stopped daily for approximately 10 minutes while this blasting occurs. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays during this timeframe.  Only one blast will occur per day. Crews plan to continue this operation throughout the conclusion of the job anticipated for later this summer.
The tree removal work that began a few weeks ago that was stopping traffic at various intervals throughout the day has been completed.
SR 7 has been reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound side of the highway between Rayland and Brilliant, since a major landslide occurred in March 2011.
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.
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Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
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