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Friday, April 27, 2012

Bypass, bike spur and bridge replacements on tap [The Athens News]


With the warm weather comes amped-up highway and bridge projects, and Athens County will see a variety of improvements planned by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The planned work amounts to more than $16 million in estimated costs.
A brochure recently released by ODOT's District 10 – which covers a swath of southeast Ohio counties from Gallia to Hocking to Noble – shows 14 projects with estimated costs totaling $16.2 million.
ODOT also is continuing its work on the U.S. Rt. 33 Nelsonville bypass, including plans for a second roundabout for Athens County, this one in Nelsonville.
Athens City Council is also discussing a bike path spur across the Hocking River in the Columbus Road area.
Not all of these projects are slated for construction this summer, and some will not have a contract awarded until the fall months. They include four bridge replacements, four slide repairs, four resurfacings, one intersection improvement and one preventative maintenance.
The most expensive project, estimated at $4.13 million, is for preventative maintenance on U.S. Rt. 50 near Coolville. That contract is slated to be awarded on Dec. 10 of this year.

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