Exit ramp to be closed for two months

Joedy McCreary

May 2, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The Ohio Department Of Transportation (ODOT) announced that as a part of the U.S. Route 52 construction project, contractors will be closing the exit ramp on State Route 239 for up to two months starting Monday.

Earlier this year ODOT awarded a $12 million contract to Complete General Construction of Columbus to rehabilitate bridges on and resurface U.S. 52, S.R. 239, S.R. 73, S.R. 852 in West Portsmouth.

According to released information, crews will beginning Monday, close the exit ramp from U.S. 52 East to S.R. 239 at the bridge situated over the Lousy Run tributary in order to rehabilitate the structure.

While the bridge on the ramp will be closed, motorists will still have access to S.R. 239 North from U.S. 52; however, motorists traveling from S.R. 239 South to U.S. 52 East will be detoured via S.R. 73/104. The closure is anticipated to be in effect for up to 60 days and completion of this phase of construction will be contingent upon the weather and any significant rain delays.

“This a two-year project and in both years it will be phased out. The first phase of Year 1 is bridge work. There are eight bridges, between State Route 239 and U.S. 52 and they are going to do all of the bridge rehabilitation and ramp bridge rehabilitation’s this year,” said Kathleen Fuller, ODOT District 9 spokeswoman. “Next year will be the paving operations. Through the construction zone a 45-mile per hour speed limit will be enacted.”

She said the bridges with ramps will be sequenced in their closures. Once closed they will remain closed for 60 days. Once finished, the roadway will have several advantages for area divers.

“When we talk to the public, people want smooth pavement, pavement that does not have potholes and has a nice ride to it,” Fuller said.

She said over the life span of a bridge, you have to do some work to them from general maintenance to replacing them.

“There comes a point where the life expectancy of a bridge starts to wane and they need to be replaced or rehabilitated,” Fuller said. “This rehabilitation project is for the safety of the motorists.”

For more information visit ODOT at www.Ohgo.com.

Wayne Allen may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228, or tallen@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Wayne on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.