Open House planned for Veterans Memorial Bridge Access Improvement Project
Public invited to provide feedback
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, April 17, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11, in conjunction with the city of Steubenville and the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission (BHJ), is hosting a public open house meeting to present the preferred alternative for a project to improve access to the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 2012
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WHERE: East Garfield Elementary School (Cafeteria)
936 N. Fifth Street, Steubenville, OH
The current project builds on previous recommendations from the BHJ 2020 Regional Transportation Plan, The Upper Ohio Valley Bridge System Study, and The Veterans Memorial Bridge Access Study. The removal of the Fort Steuben Bridge and limited service life of the Market Street Bridge within the BHJ planning area have placed increased demands on the Veterans Memorial Bridge. There is immediate need for safe and efficient access to the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Network demand, operational issues and safety concerns demonstrate the need for realignment and widening of adjacent connecting thoroughfares.
The project limits include State Route 7/U.S. Route 22/State Route 213 (north), SR 7/Franklin Street (south), Veterans Memorial Bridge (east), and Buckeye Street/University Boulevard (west). Also included within the study area is LaBelle Avenue along the east side of the railroad tracks adjacent to SR 7.
The open house is being held to provide information on the purpose of the project, introduce the preferred alternative, and seek feedback from the public. Personnel from ODOT, the city of Steubenville, BHJ, and W.E. Stilson Consulting Group and TranSystems (consultants hired by ODOT) will be on hand to discuss the studies, listen to comments, and answer questions. Comment forms will be available for attendees to complete. The project team will consider the input received and then finalize the preferred alternative.
The public is encouraged to provide comments by June 1, 2012 to: Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, Attention: Tim Stillion, 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or by e-mail at Tim.Stillion@dot.state.oh.us.
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 e-mail D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us