Work to begin on final slope repair project along State Route 7 north of Brilliant
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, May 12, 2015) – Blasting work is set to begin next week on the third and final slope repair project planned along State Route 7 in Jefferson County.
SR 7 has been reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound side of the highway between Rayland and Brilliant since March 2011 due to three separate rock fall events and associated landslides.
This $30 million project – just north of Brilliant – will fix the final location.
Starting next Tuesday, May 19th, ODOT’s contractor, Cast & Baker Corporation, from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, will begin daily blasting operations around noon to excavate approximately 2.8 million cubic yards of unstable material.
Weather permitting, both north and southbound traffic will be stopped daily for approximately 10 minutes while blasting occurs. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays. Only one blast will occur per day.
Work will include excavation and benching the failed rock face and wooded slopes above the highway, pavement rehabilitation, and construction of a permanent rock catchment area.
Altogether, over $68 million has been invested into repairing this hillside and improving the long-term safety for motorists along SR 7 through this area.
All four lanes of SR 7 are expected to reopen upon completion of this work in 2018.
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.