Work to begin on State Route 7 rock fall site near Mingo Junction
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, December 19, 2016) – Work is expected to begin tomorrow on a crossover that will eventually shift traffic onto the northbound side of State Route 7 between Steubenville and Mingo Junction in Jefferson County.
Rock fall closed the SR 7 southbound travel lane near Logan Avenue December 1st.
ODOT’s contractor on the nearby slope repair project north of Brilliant – Cast & Baker Corporation, from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, will construct a crossover for traffic to maintain one lane in each direction at a reduced speed of 35 mph.
Currently the southbound travel lane remains closed. Once the crossover is completed as well as environmental work, one lane for both north and southbound traffic will travel in the northbound lanes. Then work will resume to clean up the loose rock along the slope above the highway.
Officials anticipates all work to be completed by the end of February. The total project cost is estimated at $350,000.
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