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Comment Period Open For Covered Bridge Restoration Project

Wayne Allen

May 15, 2013

As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9’s Planning & Engineering Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input on the following proposed restoration project in Scioto County.


Scioto County – SCI-TR573-Covered Bridge (PID: 93991) – The project calls for the restoration of the Otway Covered Bridge, which is situated over Scioto Brush Creek on Township Road 573 in the village of Otway. Construction will include replacing broken or deteriorated timber members, repairing the timber arches as required, replacing deteriorated floor system members, correcting horizontal and vertical alignment, installing a new roof and new siding, restoring existing stone as needed and adding fire detection and protection. Some small trees and bushes will be removed as part of the project; however, none of the trees have habitat for the federally endangered Indiana Bat. In addition, the project will not require new right of way, and no homes or businesses will be removed by the project.


Additional information regarding either of these projects, including a complete description, maps and plans sheets, is available online at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D09/Pages/Public-Involvement-Process.aspx. Issues the public may wish to comment on include the effect on local residents, air quality, the local economy, and historic or cultural resources.


Written comments should be submitted by May 22, 2013, or the deadline date that is posted on the web site, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Avenue, Chillicothe, Ohio 456701 E-Mail: greg.manson@dot.state.oh.us