OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2008
STATE ROUTE 39 INTERSECTION AND WIDENING WORK TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK AT DOVER
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 will begin work Monday, March 10th, to improve safety and reduce congestion from the Interstate 77 Interchange at Dover, in Tuscarawas County, to Renner Road as well as raise the elevation of SR 39 west of Saltwell Road.
Work will include intersection reconstruction and widening work from the I-77 Interchange to Renner Road, including the intersections of SR 39 and SR 516 and SR 39 and Saltwell Road, installation of a new traffic signal at SR 516, and construction of a new bridge over the Tuscarawas River.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "Crews will begin installing signs for the construction work zone next week, and then follow up with clearing work."
A temporary traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of SR 516 and SR 39 the week of March 17th, and beginning March 21st, concrete barrier will be installed throughout the length of the project, limiting the width of each lane to 11 feet.
Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times; however, there will be occasional flagging during daytime hours. Traffic will not be stopped during a.m. or p.m. peak travel hours.
"To minimize the inconvenience caused by this work, we’ve included special contract provisions prohibiting work on holidays and during peak travel times associated with the Tuscarawas County Fair and Swiss Festival in September," said Bible.
Additionally, the speed limit through the construction work zone will be reduced to 35 mph, and an advisory speed of 25 mph will be posted from the I-77 Interchange to SR 516 to increase awareness and promote safety through the area.
Bible said, "The citizens of this area deserve the most reliable and safest transportation system their tax dollars can provide, and that's the basis for this project."
Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead or use alternate routes to avoid possible backups and delays associated with this work.
ODOT’s contractor for this $6.3 million project is J.D. Williamson Construction Co., Inc., from Tallmadge, Ohio, and the completion date is August 31, 2009.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events, visit ODOT's gateway to traffic and roadway information at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty, Public Information Officer, at 330-308-3949 or at Becky.McCarty@dot.state.oh.us.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
ODOT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.