As the temperatures turn colder, the holiday season is upon us and the calendar turns to the start of another year, construction is still underway for what will be the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway in Scioto County. Officials with the project told the Community Common the project is progressing along and work will continue throughout the winter months.
To complete the project the Ohio Department Of Transportation hired Portsmouth Gateway Group (PGG) to be the project developer.
Once constructed the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway will be 17.3 miles, 4 lane divided, limited access highway. In total the roadway will have 72 lane-miles. There will be five major interchanges with two partial interchanges. The roadway is anticipated to have an average daily traffic of up to 14,500 vehicles.
Kathleen Fuller, Spokeswoman for the Ohio Department Of Transportation District 9 said the project remains on schedule with a projected completion date of December of 2018.
She said crews are progressing through the cold temperatures and working towards getting the project done.
“Crews will be working through the Winter and will be working as much as they can. There could be some double shifts, there’s no plan to put the project on hiatus during the winter months. Basically, as much work that can be accomplished during the winter months will be accomplished,” Fuller said.
She said some work will depend on the weather because a lot of work is being done on the interior of the project.
It’s estimated that 25 million cubic yards of excavation will be done to make way for the roadway. Fuller said there has been 10 million cubic yards of excavation completed on the project.
“Because there is so much excavation going on, a lot of the work depends on the weather,” Fuller said.
When asked if there was a point when it’s too cold for crews to work Fuller said, “no. It really depends on what they (crews) are doing, you can move dirt when it’s cold. There’s concrete work and asphalt work you don’t do when it’s cold, but with this project, there is so much to be done and so much that can be done while it’s cold.”
Associated with a project of this magnitude there are a number of roadways closed or traffic is restricted.
A partial list of affected roadways include, North Pershing Avenue in the city of Portsmouth has been closed for reconstruction and relocation. Traffic is being detoured via Marne Avenue.
C.R. 184 (Flatwood-Fallen Timber Road) will be closed between C.R. 158 (Thomas Hollow Road) and T.R. 182 (Blue Run Township Road) for excavation and bridge construction. Turn-around locations will be provided on either side of the closure, and motorists may detour via C.R. 28 (Lucasville-Minford Road) and T.R. 182 (Blue Run Township Road).
C.R. 246 (Stout Hollow Road) is closed at its junction with C.R. 243 (Dutch Ridge Road) for excavation and bridge construction. The closure will be in effect throughout the duration of the project. T.R. 234 (Shumway Hollow Road) is closed for relocation and interchange construction. The closure will be in effect throughout the duration of the project.
For more information about the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway visit them at www.pgg823.com or look for the projects Facebook page.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneAllenPDT on Twitter.