Each year, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) releases a project schedule for each county it serves. ODOT has $6.3 million in projects slated for Scioto County in 2016.
“Just for Scioto County we have eight projects that will go to construction this year” said Kathleen Fuller, Spokeswoman for ODOT District 9.
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.
“That’s going to start in March, with an early fall completion,” Fuller said.
The project is estimated to cost $1.8 million and should be done around November.
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 are two projects slated for Ohio 140.
“We’re going to widen the shoulders between Staten Road and Gephart Road. We’ve been doing some work in different sections there,” Fuller said.
She 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 $1.1 million.
There is a bridge replacement project also slated for Ohio 140, near Frederick Creek.
Fuller said the bridge slated for replacement is located close to the village of South Webster.
“That project will go out to bid in April, with a Spring and Summer timeframe for construction. With an estimated cost of $493, 000,” Fuller said.
There is a resurfacing project slated for Ohio 348.
“That (resurfacing project) will extend from the Adams County line up to State Route 73, 6.2 miles in length,” Fuller said. “That project has already gone to bid and Allard Excavation was awarded the contract for $992,000. There are no scheduled start dates for the project.”
She said it’s likely this project will get started in the summer.
There is a slide repair project slated for Ohio 772.
“This project is just two miles north of (Ohio) 73,” Fuller said. The apparent low bidder is Allard Excavation at $339,545.08.
The project is anticipated to go to construction in the Spring with a targeted completion by mid-Summer.
There is a deck overlay project slated for the U.S. Grant Bridge in Portsmouth.
“That project is supposed to sell in June. It’s a Summer and Fall project, with a mid-Fall completion. We will have traffic restricted, closing one lane (of the bridge) at a time,” Fuller said.
She said once the project starts, traffic will be diverted to the Carl Perkins Bridge.
The estimated project cost is $1.3 million.
Fuller said more details about the project will be released as it draws closer.
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 backplates,” Fuller said. “We’ve been doing some signal upgrades, particularly in district 9 for the last couple of years.”
A traffic signal backplate 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.
There is a slide and lighting repair project at the Greenup Locks and Dam interchange.
“They are going to do some slide repair and some lighting work. That project does not go out to bid until May, with an estimated completion of Fall.
The estimated cost of the project is $166,000.
Work continues on the construction of the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway.
Contractors and crews have been busy over the last several months making preparations for the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway. As winter settles into the area, crews are still anticipated to work, as long as the weather allows.
Kathleen Fuller, Public Information Officer with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9 said crews are still working during daylight hours and on all segments of the project.
In early January it was reported the project is roughly 15 percent complete.
Before construction on the highway began ODOT hired Portsmouth Gateway Group (PGG) to be the project developer.
Once constructed the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway will be 17.3 miles, 4 lanes 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.
The speed limit of the roadway at 70 miles per hour.
In total the project will cost $1.2 billion, the United States Department of Transportation provided the project with a $209 million loan.
Fuller said the project remains on schedule with a projected completion date of December of 2018.
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.pgg823.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 on Twitter @WayneallenPDT