$1M slide repair to cause delays
CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- The Ohio Department of Transportation will pay nearly $1 million to repair a slide along Ohio 7 in Chesapeake.
The project that will cause traffic delays at times that could extend back to the Robert C. Byrd Bridge connecting Chesapeake and Huntington.
Crews from Shelly and Sands will start work Monday, March 17, on the $984,496.15 project. The work will require the narrow, winding two-lane road through Chesapeake to be reduced to one lane. Traffic will be maintained with the use of temporary traffic signals, according to a news release.
"We're real happy the state is proceeding with the project," said Chesapeake Mayor Dick Gilpin. "It's going to be a real headache, especially when the school buses are out and during morning and evening rush hour. I urge people to use alternative routes during those times. I just hope everyone bears with us."
Chesapeake motorists have been dealing with problems related to the slip for four or five years, Gilpin said Monday.
"We still have to remove debris from the slip from time to time," he said.
The most recent slip was last month, he said.
"The hill has stabilized," Gilpin said. "There was a time the slip was moving an inch or two every hour. One time they took 300 to 400 truckloads of dirt from there."
"This has been a long, involved process," Gilpin said. "They've done core drillings. The project finally got on the funding list."
When a prior cleanup at the site occurred several years ago, traffic backed up all the way to the bridge connecting Chesapeake and Huntington, Gilpin said.
The slip repair project is located between Ohio 527 and County Road 32 (Eaton Road). The project includes installing a 264-foot, lagging retaining wall along the west side of Ohio 7 as well as replacing the road's shoulder, curb and gutter, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The work is scheduled to be completed in early summer, according to the release.
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