A free business-strategy course is being offered at Shawnee State University in partnership with Ohio State University from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in Room 153 Kricker Hall.
The “Hospitality Basics: Customer-Friendly Business Strategies” includes how to create a friendly, welcoming business spirit; how to grow your return-customer rate; how to help your employees practice courteous behavior; and how to build stronger relationships in the business community.
The course is free of charge but reservations are needed by Tuesday as seating is limited. To make reservations, call Ginnie Moore, director of University Outreach Services, at (740) 351-3274 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspections are on tap
As part of their regular maintenance programs, the Ironton-Russell and U.S. Grant bridges will undergo a series of inspections in the following weeks, requiring daytime closures of both structures.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the Ironton-Russell Bridge will be closed during daytime, business hours, while the U.S. Grant Bridge will be closed on March 25 in order for crews to conduct load testing.
The work will be performed by a team from the University of Cincinnati Infrastructure Institute, who will be measuring truck loads to assess and confirm the load rating analysis for each bridge. Along with other regularly scheduled inspections, these tests are part of the department’s maintenance and research program for bridges maintained by ODOT.
While the inspections are under way on the scheduled days, the bridges will be closed to traffic from approximately 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the structures open to traffic at all other times when crews are at work.
Traffic from the Ironton-Russell Bridge in Lawrence County will be detoured by way of U.S. 52 and the Ashland, Ky., bridge east of Coal Grove, while traffic from the U.S. Grant Bridge in Scioto County will be detoured by way of U.S. 52 and the Carl Perkins Bridge, west of Portsmouth.
U.S. 52 Project resumes
With operations for a resurfacing and rehabilitation project in Lawrence County resuming next week, contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will be imparting lane restrictions and switching traffic patterns on U.S. 52 in Ohio and the 13th Street/Simeon Willis Bridge at Ashland, Ky.
On Monday, U.S. 52 in Ohio will be reduced to one lane in both the east and westbound directions between Hanging Rock and Coal Grove. Then, later this month, two lanes of northbound traffic on the 13th Street Bridge will be reduced to one lane in order to mitigate traffic flow from two, left-turn lanes to a single, westbound lane on U.S. 52. Although an exact date has yet to be scheduled, traffic patterns on the bridge are not anticipated to be changed until late March.
Crews from Shelly and Sands Incorporated of Zanesville are replacing bridge decks and resurfacing U.S. 52 between the 5.00-mile marker just east of Ohio 650 at Hanging Rock and the 11.84-mile marker at the eastern corporation limit of Coal Grove.
Shelly and Sands was awarded a contract in the amount of approximately $10.9 million, and throughout the remainder of construction, an 11.5-foot width restriction and a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit will be in effect within the project zone.
The scheduled completion date for all work is Aug. 31.