State Route 7 blasting time changed at Rush Run to 4 PM daily
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, October 13, 2016) – Starting Monday, October 17th, ODOT is moving the blast time for the hillside repair project along State Route 7 near Rush Run in Jefferson County to 4 PM due to the loss of daylight hours available. No blasting will occur today or tomorrow at this site.
Blasting earlier in the day is not possible due to school bus traffic and maintaining maximum production on the project.
Weather permitting, both north and southbound traffic will be stopped daily (Monday-Friday) for approximately 15 minutes while blasting occurs. Blasting will also still occur at noon daily north of Brilliant.
Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Our goal continues to be safety while minimizing the public’s inconvenience.”
The first landslide occurred, restricting traffic along SR 7 in March 2011. Altogether, over $68 million has been invested into repairing this hillside and improving the long-term safety for motorists along this five-mile stretch of SR 7.
ODOT’s contractor for this $16 million slope repair project is Kokosing Construction Company Inc., from Columbus, Ohio. All the excavation for this site is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and the roadway work will be completed in the spring of next year. The project is approximately ½ mile in length and includes excavation and benching the failed rock face and wooded slopes above SR 7, pavement rehabilitation, and construction of a permanent rock catchment area.
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