State Route 516 will remain closed until at least late spring due last week’s sand and gravel pit failure

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, December 4, 2012)State Route 516 will remain closed between Bair Rd. and Josephine St. at Dover until at least late next spring due to last week’s sand and gravel pit collapse adjacent to the roadway at Dover in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. 
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “The conditions of the active Industrial Minerals Permit issued to the property owner by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), require the permittee to reclaim and restore the property to its previous conditions which includes stabilizing the pit along SR 516.” 
Officials anticipate the pit restoration work to take a minimum of three months of good weather due to the nature of the work which must take place from a barge operation.  Restoration involves pumping sand back into the voided area, creating a protective fill. 
MacAdam said, “Once the property owner’s work is completed, we can begin to repair the roadway.  Unfortunately, we cannot begin the road repairs until the ground surrounding the road’s right of way is stabilized.”
Engineers anticipate a late spring or early summer road reopening. 
Traffic will continue to be detoured on SR 39 and SR 93.  Beginning at the intersection of SR 39 and SR 516 in Dover, traffic is being rerouted west on SR 39 to SR 93 in Sugarcreek, then north on SR 93 back to SR 516 in Dundee, and reverse.
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
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