Construction begins on Veterans Memorial Bridge Access Improvement Project
Ramp closure to occur in June
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, May 31, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11, the city of Steubenville, and the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission (BHJ) have worked closely for years on a plan to improve access to the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
That work has finally come to fruition in a $10 million construction project that will provide safe and efficient access to the Veterans Memorial Bridge by realigning and widening the connecting thoroughfares.
Construction is beginning along U.S. Route 22, State Route 7, and University Boulevard. Ramps and new intersections will connect SR 7 south of the current University Blvd. intersection as well as a new intersection along University Blvd. The ramps leading onto the Veterans Memorial Bridge from University Blvd. and from U.S. 22 to Seventh Street and University Blvd. will be reconfigured as well.
Starting Monday, June 13th, the U.S. 22 eastbound off ramp to University Blvd. will be closed for 30 days.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead to avoid delays.
ODOT’s contractor is Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio, and the completion date is November 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