West High Avenue Access at 10th Street to be Closed Wednesday
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, October 20, 2014) – The West High Avenue (State Route 39) access currently maintained as a legal, right-turn only at 10th Street near the railroad tracks is being closed Wednesday, October 22nd, as part of the ongoing safety improvement project.
The road closed between 7th and 10th Streets in the city of New Philadelphia on September 18th; however, a right-turn only from 10th Street onto West High Avenue was maintained but left-turns from West High Avenue were prohibited. Due to growing safety concerns over illegal traffic patterns, this access will be closed for the remainder of the 60-day closure period.
This additional closure will also allow work to progress quicker and will eliminate the need for a one-lane closure with temporary traffic signals at this location during the next phase of work which was scheduled for next spring.
To improve safety, West High Avenue is being widened from the RJ Corman railroad tracks to 7th Street to provide a two-way, left-turn lane. Work also includes: new curb and gutters, ADA curb ramps, sidewalks, storm drainage, and new waterlines.
During the 60-day closure, SR 39 traffic is being detoured on 4th Street, Front Avenue, and Bluebell Drive. Access will continue to be maintained to all residents and businesses within the closed blocks from the rear alleys.
Work began on the project in July and is on schedule for the road to be reopened by mid-November.
ODOT’s contractor for the $2.37 million project is Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio, and the completion date is June 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 D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us