With work beginning on some of the areas major highways, the public is urged to take extra time for delays and detours.

U.S. 22 BRIDGE REMOVAL PROJECT: Pictured are contractors preparing the earthen fill as part of bridge removal project along U.S. 22 in Moorefield Township. A portion of the route will be closed starting July 29 for 15 days as BOG Construction of Berlin Center completes the work. Traffic will be detoured to Ohio 331 to Ohio 149 and Ohio 9 north to Ohio 519 west back to U.S. 22 and reverse.

ROUTE 9 CLOSING SCHEDULE: Ohio State Route 9 was closed to traffic as of Monday, July 19, north of Cadiz in Harrison County for a bridge replacement project. The roadway is closed to traffic about four miles north of U.S. Route 22 for 28 days. Beginning at SR 9 and the U.S. 22 ramp in Cadiz, traffic is detoured east on U.S. 22 to SR 151 west back to SR 9, and reverse. The existing concrete slab bridge over an unnamed tributary to Clear Fork will be replaced with a prefabricated concrete box culvert. Additionally, the guardrail will be replaced, new headwalls and wingwalls will be constructed, and minimal pavement work will occur. ODOT’s contractor for this $240,257 project is BOG Construction Inc., from Berlin Center, Ohio, and the overall completion date is mid-November.

U.S. ROUTE 250 ROAD CLOSURE: A $4.3-million overhaul is planned for September that will close the route for 45 days, but some short-term repairs are currently underway (pictured left). Eleven culverts are being replaced along the 2.4-mile stretch from Mizer to Milliken roads through Shelly & Sands Inc. of Zanesville and flaggers are controlling traffic in that area. As part of the road closure this fall, a 10-mile detour will run from Ohio 9 at Cadiz to Ohio 151 to Scio and Bowerston, eventually reconnecting at U.S. 250 past the lake. Temporary traffic signals will be placed at the intersection of Ohio 9 and U.S. 22 with more at Ohio 151 and U.S. 250 plus the two ramps at Cadiz. Continued traffic use and potential lake-effect erosion were cited as the cause of consistent surface cracking, but the latest process will grind down the route and add slip-form concrete pavement with a minimum 25-year lifespan on the new surface. A completion date was set for Nov. 30.

STATE ROUTE 800: Work will begin Monday, July 26, to chip seal almost three miles of State Route 800 in Harrison County as part of a $355,988 transportation investment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Work will take place between the junction of U.S. 22 and the village of Freeport’s south corporation line. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers. Chip sealing is a common pavement maintenance practice that extends pavement life and provides a good driving surface.

ODOT reminds motorists to SLOW DOWN for the “Cone Zone”, turn on headlights and drive carefully in work zones. Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the highway workers. Remember, fines in work zones are doubled for not obeying traffic signs. Minimize distractions; turn OFF cell phones in construction zones. Remember to always buckle up.