Rockwood project could go out to bid in two months

Published 10:00 am Monday, January 16, 2012

CHESAPEAKE — Repair work on the slip on Rockwood Avenue in Chesapeake could go out to bid the first part of March.

“Because it will be an emergency job, it will not go through the traditional process,” said Kathleen Fuller, spokesperson for District 9 Ohio Department of Transportation. “We don’t have to advertise as long. The process of the bid letting is a little bit different. We can turnaround it very quickly.”

For more than a year, the village has struggled with keeping a section of Rockwood open as the hillside continues to slip down onto the roadway.

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Since that road is State Route 7, it comes under the jurisdiction of ODOT. The repair design is expected to be a retaining wall built into the hillside.

For a short period of last spring one lane of the avenue was shut down because of dirt from the hillside covering the roadway. Until construction begins ODOT plans to keep the area under surveillance for possible blockages.

“Our maintenance crews are doing everything to keep it cleaned up,” Fuller said.

After the project bids are received, awarding a contract should happen within days.

“We would award it very quickly, in a day or two,” Fuller said.

If the contractor can start the project in the spring, it could be completed in four months.