ODOT seeks comments on State Route 7 slope repair project
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, August 28, 2013) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is seeking comments on a proposed slope repair project (PID 93192) along State Route 7 north of Brilliant in Jefferson County.
Rock fall restricted the southbound lanes of SR 7 in this area in January 2012. Through an emergency contract, ODOT cleaned up the loose rock and constructed a temporary rockfall retention system that remains in place and is roughly 3,500 feet long, 10 feet wide and 12 feet high.
This project will permanently stabilize the failed rock face and rehabilitate the pavement to restore four lanes of traffic. Work will include excavation and benching of the failed rock face and wooded slopes above the highway, drainage improvements, pavement rehabilitation, removal of the existing temporary rock catchment barrier, and construction of a permanent rock catchment area.
Acquisition of new right of way will be required to complete the project.
Traffic will be maintained during construction, using the existing two lane traffic pattern, except for short term closures during blasting operations. Construction is anticipated to begin in the fall of next year.
ODOT is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of this proposed project. Environmental impacts include those involving archeological, architectural, and ecological resources, hazardous materials and the general location of the project.
Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, Attention: Thomas E. Stratton, 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. ODOT District 11 can also be contacted by telephone at 330-339-6633. All comments must be submitted by September 28, 2013.
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