ODOT seeks comments on proposed intersection improvements in Belmont County

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, April 30, 2014)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is seeking comments about proposed improvements at two State Route 7 intersections in Belmont County – Aetna Street in Bridgeport and Hanover Street in Martins Ferry.
Improvements will include construction of southbound right-hand turn lanes, traffic signal replacements, restoration of worn pavement markings, installation of pedestrian crossing facilities, and removal of concrete medians at both intersections.
The Aetna Street and SR 7 intersection will also include an access point for the shopping center on the northwest corner of the intersection.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2015. Traffic will be maintained during construction. Minor new right of way will be required to complete the project; however, no residential or business relocations will be required.
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archeological, architectural and ecological resources, hazardous materials 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 May 30, 2014.
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 D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us