On Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 9 ceremoniously started the 2016 construction and roadwork season with an event in Chillicothe.
This year, ODOT has $6.3 million in eight projects slated for Scioto County.
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,” Kathleen Fuller, ODOT District 9 Spokeswoman said.
The project calls for the deck, of the bridge to be resurfaced.
When the project was first proposed by ODOT, the plan was to keep at least one lane open. Since announcing the plan, ODOT in conjunction with the city of Portsmouth have decided to close the bridge once the project gets started.
Closing the bridge will allow crews to work freely throughout the bridge and not be restricted to one lane. Closing the bridge will also allow for a sooner completion date.
Fuller said once the project starts, traffic will be diverted to the Carl Perkins Bridge.
ODOT has the project going out to bid on June 2, the estimated cost of the project is $1.488 million.
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.
This project was initially slated to go out to bid in March and was delayed until April.
The project is estimated to cost $1.728 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 $1.217 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 time frame for construction. With an estimated cost of $527,000,” 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 is no scheduled start date for the project.”
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.
The project is anticipated to go to construction in the Spring with a targeted completion by mid-Summer.
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 back plates,” Fuller said. “We’ve been doing some signal upgrades, particularly in district 9 for the last couple of years.”
A traffic signal back plate 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 $161,746, 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 $187,528.
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 spring settles into the area, crews are still anticipated to work, as long as the weather allows.
Once constructed the Southern Ohio Veterans Memorial Highway will be 17.3 miles, 4 lane 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.
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.portsmouthjv.com.
Projects in other counties that will have some effect on traffic to and from Scioto County include, a bench cleaning, rock remediation and culvert replacement project in Lawrence County.
The projects will have an effect on U.S. 52 where westbound traffic will be restricted to one lane. Collectively the projects are estimated to cost $5.7 million.
Contractors with ODOT are still working on the new Ironton-Russell Bridge, this project will cost $81 million.
In Pike County, contractors with ODOT are working to complete a dam rehabilitation and bridge replacement project at Lake White. The project is still ongoing and is estimated to cost $31.8 million.
ODOT District 9 has $578.8 million in ongoing projects, aside from the yearly construction schedule.
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