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ODOT looking at largest construction program in its history

Updated: Thursday, April 10 2014, 05:37 PM EDT
It's construction season and for many residents that means two things -- orange barrels and traffic delays.
For the workers at the Ohio Department of Transportation, it means the beginning of the largest construction program in history, both statewide and locally.
Along Ohio 7 in Jefferson County, crews are working to repair a landslide and rockslide.
While that project isn't schedule for completion until 2016, there are several schedule to conclude this year that will ease driver's commutes.
You’re sure to notice orange construction barrels on Ohio 7, signs notifying of a lane closure, and workers putting the finishing touches on a bridge replacement near Mingo Junction.
The work being done to replace the bridge deck and beams was slated to be completed last year, but with the harsh winter weather, the project was backed up.
“The winter weather caught us early,” said Todd Moore, construction area engineer. “We've had snow since early November. Usually we can work in November or December and a lot of times we get a thaw in January. That just didn't happen here.”
In Harrison County, work to fix a slide repair along SR 151 between Jewett and Scio was also delayed, though it was because of utilities in need of relocation.
Power and phone lines located near a future retaining wall were unable to be moved, causing the delay.
“The utility companies were not able to move those,” Moore said. “They were supposed to be moved by July, and they weren't moved until September.”
Also in Harrison County, a bridge project on US 22 where the road narrows from four lanes to two will begin in 2014.
Workers are finishing current bridge projects along US 250 near Tappan Lake that required alternate methods.
“We did something unique on both of those bridges,” Moore said. “We had to close the waterway to boat traffic and that was a first for me, but other than that it is such a small span, it wasn't a very difficult structure to build.”
Officials also discussed seven projects on tap for I-70 in Belmont County in the coming months.

ODOT looking at largest construction program in its history

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