ODOT seeks comments on Interstate 70 work in Belmont County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, November 5, 2012) – ODOT is proposing improvements to repair the slope failure along Interstate 70 that occurred in May and has caused the partial closure of one westbound through lane west of Brookside in Belmont County.
The proposed project will erect a drilled shaft retaining wall behind the existing guardrail along westbound I-70. Once the new wall is installed the roadway that washed away will be backfilled and pavement installed to reopen all three westbound lanes. New guardrail will be installed for the length of the new wall. All roadway drainage will be diverted away from the failed area and to the next culvert downgrade.
Traffic will be maintained during construction which is anticipated for the spring of next year. No new right of way will be required to complete the project.
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 December 5, 2012.
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