OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2008
REOCCURRING LANDSLIDE RESTRICTS STATE ROUTE 45 WEST OF WELLSVILLE
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) --The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is once again reducing State Route 45 to one lane today west of Wellsville in Columbiana County due to a landslide that began last April.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "Our maintenance crews made temporary repairs to this site last fall in order to stabilize the roadway and keep it open to two lanes over the winter. Due to the rainfall earlier this week, those repairs are no longer effective."
Two-way traffic will be maintained in one lane with temporary traffic signals.
After subsurface investigations were performed at the site last year, engineers determined the more complex, long-term repair will include the construction of a H-Pile retaining wall. Officials expect this construction to begin in July.
Bible said, "It is our goal that these permanent repairs are completed before school resumes in the fall."
Current construction costs are estimated at $250,000.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events, visit ODOT's gateway to traffic and roadway information at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty, Public Information Officer, at 330-308-3949 or at Becky.McCarty@dot.state.oh.us.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
ODOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.