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ODOT Proposing Bridge Replacement Project

8 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

ODOT is proposing a bridge replacement project on State Route 603 at the 13.57 mile-marker in Richland County.

The existing bridge is a single span concrete box beam that was built in 1986. The proposed structure is a concrete box beam bridge with reinforced abutments and wingwalls supported by drilled shafts, built on existing alignment.

The project will impact Shipp Creek in order to complete the bridge replacement. Suitable wooded habitat for listed bat species will be removed for this project. To avoid impacts to listed bat species during summer roosting, all trees will be removed between Oct. 1 and March 31.

The project will require temporary and permanent right-of-way. Deep excavation will be required for the proposed work. Public utilities may need to be relocated to construct this project. In accordance with the ODOT Office of Environmental Services’ (OES) Regulated Materials Review (RMR) guidelines, an RMR Screening was conducted.

The current land use of the properties adjacent to this project are residential and forested. No regulated materials records were found with the project boundaries during a search of the Ohio Regulated Properties Search (ORPS) tool and Sanborn mapping. Based on this information, the project is considered exempt from further regulated material investigations.

District environmental staff accessed the SHPO GIS database on January 27, 2021, and in accordance with Stipulation V(C)(2)(a) of the Section 106 PA executed Nov. 8, 2017, the project will not affect historic properties or historic districts.

Traffic will be detoured during construction. The detour duration will be for 90 days. The northbound detour for state Route 603 is as follows: Route 603 northbound to Route 13 northbound to U.S. 224 westbound to Route 61 southbound, back to Route 603, reverse for southbound traffic.

Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2023.

Written comments about the proposed project may be mailed to Levi Wingler, ODOT District 3 Environmental Coordinator, 906 Clark Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805. You can also contact ODOT by telephone at (800) 276-4188 or by email at [email protected]

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