Work to begin on Interstate 77 bridge removal project

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, August 26, 2014)Work is set to begin next week on the Interstate 77 bridge removal project between Dover and Strasburg in Tuscarawas County.
ODOT’s contractor, Independence Excavating Inc., from Independence, Ohio, will be removing the twin, abandoned railroad bridges located about one mile north of the County Road 80 Exit in Dover Township.
Very minimal impacts to traffic are expected this season while the contractor constructs crossovers and a temporary road for traffic next year. Then next spring, structure demolition and fill work will take place. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
The completion date for this $3.76 million project is September 2015.
Click HERE to view a map of the project area.
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