Work to begin soon on $22 million landslide repair project along State Route 7 near Rush Run
ODOT’s contractor to begin equipment mobilization next week
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Friday, September 7, 2012) – Work is set to begin soon on the $22 million landslide repair project along State Route 7 near Rush Run in Jefferson County.
ODOT’s contractor, Beaver Excavating Company, from Canton, Ohio, will begin mobilizing equipment to the site next week.
SR 7 has been reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound side of the highway between Rayland and Brilliant, since a major landslide occurred in March 2011.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “We will permanently fix this hillside to eliminate the landslide hazard caused when excess precipitation charged an abandoned underground mine, causing a blowout, and the saturated soils to slide down the hill.”
Physical work is expected to begin near the end of the month and include such things as construction of a protective wall or barrier 3,000 feet long on the shoulder of the roadway, development of a waste area for materials removed from the site, and slope clearing. Only minimal excavation is expected to happen before mid-November.
The maintenance of traffic currently in place will not change during construction. The work zone will remain the same.
In total, approximately two million cubic yards of material will be excavated to lay back this slope – that’s enough to fill an entire football field, 40-feet high. Additionally, crews will dewater the abandoned mine, removing an estimated 46 million gallons of water – that’s equivalent to 70 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
All major work is expected to be completed on this project by the fall of 2013; however, some cleanup work may be required in 2014.
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