ODOT has $6.3 million in projects

An aerial view of the Shumway Hollow interchange, where the Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport sits opposite the interchange off S.R. 335.

Every year the Ohio Department Of Transportation (ODOT) designates a certain number of road projects aimed at improving highway infrastructure in the area. ODOT has designated several projects for Scioto County this construction season.

This year, ODOT has $6.3 million in eight projects slated for Scioto County.

There is a deck overlay project slated for the U.S. Grant Bridge in Portsmouth.

The project calls for the deck, of the bridge to be resurfaced.

When the project was first proposed by ODOT, the plan was to keep at least one lane open. Since announcing the plan, ODOT in conjunction with the city of Portsmouth have decided to close the bridge once the project gets started.

Closing the bridge will allow crews to work freely throughout the bridge and not be restricted to one lane. Closing the bridge will also allow for a sooner completion date.

Once the project starts, traffic will be diverted to the Carl Perkins Bridge.

ODOT has the project is estimated cost of the project is $1.488 million.

There is a paving project slated for U.S. 52 in the city of Portsmouth.

Fuller said the project calls for the paving of the U.S. 52 from the East corporation limit to the West cooperation limit of the city.

A contract to complete the work was awarded to Allard Construction of South Webester for $1.28 million.

Associated with the project will be some traffic changes to U.S. 52 near the new SOMC facility.

“We will be paving a small segment around Careys Run (in West Portsmouth). We’re going to resurface and restripe 52, providing a better access from Careys Run to U.S. 52. There is going to be a different lane configuration there,” Fuller said.

She said the same changes will go into effect on the other side of the highway for better access to the SOMC Facility and park.

There is no sign when this project will start or finish.

There is a signal upgrade project slated for U.S. 23 at the intersection of Houston Hollow Road.

“That (signal upgrade) just means we’re going to replace polls, upgrade the (traffic)signal and install some back plates,” Kathleen Fuller, ODOT District 9 Spokeswoman said. “We’ve been doing some signal upgrades, particularly in district 9 for the last couple of years.”

A traffic signal back plate is designed to make the traffic signal more visible to drivers.

The project has already been out to bid and Complete General Construction with a price tag of $138,581, was awarded the contract.

A start date for this project has not been determined, but will likely start over the summer months.

There is a U.S. 52 slide repair and lighting project.

The contractor for the project is Distel Construction of Portsmouth for $143,864.

The scope of work includes fixing a hillside that’s slipped from it’s base. The working will also include fixing some lighting in the area.

A start date for this project has not been determined.

There are two projects slated for Ohio 140.

There is a bridge replacement project also slated for Ohio 140, near Frederick Creek.

A contract to complete this work was awarded to the Parker Corporation of Tuppers Plains, Ohio $333,491.

Fuller said the bridge slated for replacement is located close to the village of South Webster.

The second project slated for Ohio 140 includes a project to widen the shoulders between Staten Road and Gephart Road. Fuller said this project is slated to go out to bid in the summer, with an estimated completion date in November. The project is estimated to cost $1.217 million.

There is a slide repair project slated for Ohio 772, between the village corporation limit of Rarden and T.R. 77 (Kirker Road), and during the first phase of the project, there should be little to no impact to traffic. Later in the project, traffic will be maintained in one, 11-foot lane with the use of temporary traffic signals. All work is anticipated to be completed in early fall.

A resurfacing project is under way on S.R. 348. Crews will be paving the route from its intersection with S.R. 73 to the Adams County line. Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in one lane with the use of flaggers when crews are at work, and all work is anticipated to be completed in mid-summer.

When asked about work on the construction of the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway, Fuller said there is a lot of bridge construction going on.

She said crews are working on all segments of the projects on two shifts everyday.

“We’ve got close to 300 people working (on the project), right now. They’re working on everything from office staff to people working out in the field,” Fuller said.

Because of the size and size of the project, it becomes necessary to close certain roads and areas need to be closed off while crews work.

Over the length of the project Stout Hollow Road is closed at its junction with Dutch Ridge Road for excavation and bridge construction. The closure will be in effect throughout the duration of the project. South Pershing Avenue will be subject to temporary, intermittent restrictions for excavation and paving. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers when crews are at work. North Pershing Avenue in the city of Portsmouth has been closed for reconstruction and move. Traffic is being detoured via Marne Avenue. Blake Hollow Road has been closed for clearing, excavation, culvert installation and embankment work. Shumway Hollow Road is closed for move and interchange construction.

Blasting operations are under way, and although there will be no effect to traffic during operations, residents in the general project area may experience sound or ground vibrations from the blasting, which is expected to occur weekdays during the noon hour and again in late afternoon or early evening. Blasting will continue intermittently throughout the duration of the project.

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.

There will be an estimated 25 million cubic yards of excavation, to make way for the roadway. The tallest bridge on the highway will be over 124 feet, with culverts along the roadway as long as 900 feet and as deep as 190 feet.

For more information about the Portsmouth Gateway Group visit, www.portsmouthjv.com.

For more information about the programs and activities of ODOT District 9 visit www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D09 or find them on Facebook.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter.