Engineer/ODOT busy with road projects

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

Crews working to resurface Fairground Road.

Crews working to resurface Fairground Road.

With the beginning of the new school year rapidly approaching, the Scioto County Engineer’s Office is reminding county residents to be mindful of school buses and to obey the traffic laws pertinent to stops along the bus routes to ensure students’ safety. Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman reminded motorists during the restricted times, drivers are to observe the school zone speed limit of 20 miles per hour.

Opperman said the continuation of the multi-year extensive roadway resurfacing program can cause minor delays. The program includes the placement of hot mixed asphalt pavement, cold mixed asphalt, and chip seal pavement resurfacing on the county road system.

The hot mix asphalt paving program was awarded to the low bidder, The Shelly Company, at a cost of $1,559,500. The program will provide over 25 miles of paving. Much of the project is paid for through a grant, worth $704,303, obtained by the Scioto County Engineer through an Ohio Public Works Issue 1 program.

The remainder of the funding for the project was provided by local investments paid from the county engineer’s share of the Motor Vehicle and Gasoline Tax and participating Township Trustees.

The townships of Clay, Jefferson, and Valley are participating in the paving this year. Clay Township submitted 5 roads, Jefferson Township submitted 3 roads, and Valley Township will be resurfacing Robert Lucas Road.

“We were pleased to be able to assist the townships by combining our bids to obtain a lower cost for the improvement of our overall road systems,” Opperman said. “This cooperation provides savings for both the county and the townships through volume purchasing.”

The hot mix paving program is scheduled to be completed by the end of September (weather permitting). Some township roads may have to be closed to traffic while full-width paving is performed on narrow sections of roadway. All other roadways will have traffic maintained by one lane flagging operations and minor delays should be expected.

Meanwhile, Opperman is announcing an addition to the existing layers of the county’s GIS, or Geographic Information System, that identifies the specific boundaries of the 12 school districts in the county.

The new layer can be accessed by clicking on ‘schools’ in the layers tab in the top right corner of the GIS webpage. Once the schools layer is accessed, each district’s website can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Tools’ tab, and clicking ‘Identify’. From there, users can select an individual district by clicking on it, and the links to the websites can be found in the bubble that appears along the bottom of the screen.

“Future enhancements to this system could include the identification of the individual bussing districts and routes by working with the individual school districts,” Opperman said. “For example, once their bussing areas are established, then the area could be defined which could set which bus a child in that area would be a rider.”

The GIS system can be found by going to and clicking on the ‘Maps’ tab, then clicking on the screen view or ‘click here’ text.

As part of an ongoing bridge replacement project on U.S. 52 in Adams County, contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation will close the route temporarily in order to set beams.

On Tuesday, August 23, crews from Complete General Construction will close U.S. 52 at the 12.49-mile marker, where a bridge replacement over Donaldson Creek is under way. The project site is located between Township Road 285 (Lindsey Hollow Road) and Township Road 59 (Buckeye Station Road), and the contractors are replacing the single-span concrete beam bridge with a similar structure in a design-build project.

The single-day closure will be in effect from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and while the route is closed, motorists will be detoured via Ohio 247 at West Union and Ohio 136 at Manchester. Once the beams have been set, the route will be reopened to one, 10-foot lane, and traffic will be maintained by temporary signals until the project is completed.

The Complete General Construction Company was awarded a contract for approximately $897,254 to replace the bridge, and all work is anticipated to be completed in early fall. Motorists are advised of the need for additional caution in the work zone.

For more information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit ODOT’s web site at

This year, the cold mix paving program has concluded, with Dewey Extension West and Big Run Road having been completed on June 7th and June 14th, respectively. This program paved 2.90 miles at a cost of $73,339.87.

The cold mix paving process permits the development of pavement strength and repair of the road surface in a financially efficient manner. This process includes material production and placement performed entirely by Scioto County Engineer employees, thereby maximizing tax dollars while fortifying and preserving our lower-volume county roads.

The chip and seal program is an operation involving an application of a liquid asphalt emulsion and cover aggregate, performed entirely by Opperman’s employees. The program, scheduled to begin on Monday, August 22nd, will result in the resurfacing of 55.39 miles of roadway and will come at an estimated expenditure of $399,637.22, provided entirely by the County Engineer’s share of Motor Vehicle and Gasoline Tax revenues.

Crews working to resurface Fairground Road. working to resurface Fairground Road.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.