ODOT taking over East Liverpool sinkhole repairs

Officials hopeful ramp will reopen before winter
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, August 04, 2014)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is officially taking over the emergency repairs needed to fix a sinkhole that appeared last Wednesday on the Second Street on-ramp to U.S. Route 30/State Route 39 in the city of East Liverpool, Columbiana County.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “After being contacted late last week by the city for assistance and investigating the situation, it was obvious that these repairs will be too extensive and will exceed East Liverpool’s routine maintenance responsibilities. Therefore, our crews quickly established an official detour last Friday and installed concrete barrier around the hole for safety.”
ODOT design and construction engineers visited the site today to begin assessing what repairs will be needed to fix the subsurface drainage structure failure and how much it will cost.
MacAdam said, “We are hopeful we can complete repairs and reopen this ramp before winter.”
Beginning at the intersection of Jackson Street and the U.S. 30/SR 39 westbound on-ramp, traffic is being detoured west on the U.S. 30/SR 39 westbound on-ramp to the SR 7 south/SR 39 west (Wellsville) off-ramp to West 8th Street, then east on the U.S. 30/SR 39 on-ramp.
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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