Traffic delays expected Thursday morning for U.S. Route 36 Truss Bridge demolition at Gnadenhutten
U.S. Route 36 and State Route 416 to be closed for about 15 minutes
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, April 05, 2016) – Traffic around Gnadenhutten will be stopped briefly Thursday morning to allow for the demolition of the U.S. Route 36 Truss Bridge in Tuscarawas County.
Around 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 7th, traffic on U.S. 36 and State Route 416 will be brought to a stop at a minimum of 1,000 feet away from the Truss Bridge structure near Gnadenhutten.
Traffic will be controlled and coordinated by law enforcement officers. Officials expect traffic to be moving again within minutes of the area being cleared after the blast.
For safety reasons, no one will be permitted within the 1,000 feet radius or clear zone needed during the blast. The blasting operations are intended to simply drop the bridge at one time in place on pre-built embankment platforms across the river.
Motorists are advised to plan their morning commutes around these closures, if possible.
U.S. 36 was closed to traffic early last month for the $5 million project to replace the bridge over the Tuscarawas River just east of SR 416. Traffic is being detoured north on SR 416 to SR 259 east to U.S. 250 east back to U.S. 36, and reverse.
The road is scheduled to be reopened to traffic by mid-November 2016.
ODOT’s contractor is Complete General Construction Company, from Columbus, Ohio. The completion date for the project is May 30, 2017.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email Becky.Giauque@dot.ohio.gov