By Wayne Allen
Complete General Construction Company a contractor with the Ohio Department Of Transportation (ODOT) is set to resume operations for the two-year rehabilitation project on U.S. 52 on Monday, March 24.
According to ODOT, work will resume o the project site between the S.R. 239 interchange and the Scioto River bridges at the Portsmouth corporation limit, where the exit ramp (Ramp E) from U.S. 52 West to S.R. 239 will be closed in order to rehabilitate the bridge situated over the Lousy Run tributary.
While the bridge on the Scioto-239 ramp will be closed, motorists will be detoured from U.S. 52 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.
Kathleen Fuller, ODOT District 9 spokeswoman, said a portion of the work was completed in 2013 with the remainder of the work being completed this year.
“They did have a winter shutdown. Last year they did 11 bridge deck rehabilitation’s, they replaced guardrail, made pavement repairs and upgraded the highway lighting system,” Fuller said. “This year (2014) they still have two more bridge decks to rehabilitate along with some retaining wall work on Ohio 852 and resurfacing,” Fuller said.
She said the reason the project runs over two years is because of its size.
“You’ve got 13 bridge decks, the repair work that has to go into main lines, in addition to all of the arteries that come off the main lines,” Fuller said. “It’s just a huge project and that’s why it was phased over two years. They met their goal of getting the majority of the bridge decks completed last year and his year they will do the remaining work on the project.”
The contract for the work was approximately $12 million with work being completed by mid-fall. For more information about the project or road closures caused by construction, accidents ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT