Traffic delays expected tomorrow on State Route 7 in Jefferson County
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, December 1, 2016) – Traffic delays are expected tomorrow on State Route 7 at Rush Run in Jefferson County to safely clean the top edge of the slope.
SR 7 traffic will be stopped between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. in 15 minute intervals.
Motorists are urged to plan ahead and use alternate route to avoid delays.
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