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ODOT announces road projects

There are several Ohio Department of Transportation projects starting in the next few weeks as the state begins their summer construction season

• A bridge replacement is scheduled to begin on May 30 on State Route 217, just east of State Route 378. The project site is situated between County Road 64 (Venisonham-Camp Branch Road) and Township Road 79 (Ridge Baptist Church Road), and throughout construction, traffic will be maintained in one, 10-foot lane with temporary signals. All work is scheduled to be completed in mid-fall.

• State Route 522 will be closed between the Scioto County line and State Route 650 for a culvert replacement project. The closure will go into effect at approximately 8 a.m. Monday, June 3, and remain in effect until 4 p.m. Friday, June 7, or until all work is completed. Traffic will be detoured via State Route 522 and U.S. 52 in Scioto County and State Route 650 in Lawrence County.

• State Route 243 will be closed just north (east) of County Road 55 (Deering-Middle Leatherwood Road), approximately two miles west of State Route 378 for a culvert replacement project. The closure will go into effect at approximately 8 a.m. Monday, June 10, and remain in effect until 4 p.m. Friday, June 14, or until all work is completed. Motorists will be detoured via U.S. 52, State Route 141, State Route 217 and State Route 378.

• U.S. 52, State Route 7 and State Route 527 are reduced to one lane in either direction between Solida Road and the junction with Third Avenue at Chesapeake for resurfacing. Traffic will be maintained in a minimum of one, 12-foot lane in either direction, and a variable speed limit will be in effect during construction. All work is anticipated to be completed in late summer.

• State Route 7 is reduced to two, 11-foot lanes near County Road 3 (Old State Route 7) for a slide repair project. Throughout construction, traffic will be maintained on the route in two lanes; however, motorists are reminded of the need for additional caution in the work zone. The project is scheduled to be completed by early summer.