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ODOT seeks input on rockfall project: State Route 7 hill would be scaled back, blasted

CHILLICOTHE – As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input for a rockfall maintenance project on State Route 7 in Lawrence County.

The project is to perform rock slope maintenance on State Route 7 by scaling and trim blasting at the 4.10-mile marker, between County Road 7 (Old State Route 7 Road) and State Route 243 in Union Township. Construction also includes minor pavement repair, barrier construction, and drainage repairs.

The project will require approximately 1.022 acres of permanent right of way; however, no homes or businesses will be removed as a result of construction. A contract is anticipated to be awarded in the summer of 2020.

Additional information, including a complete description, maps and plans sheets, is available online at www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D09/Pages/Public-Involvement-Process.aspx. Issues the public may wish to comment on include the effect on local residents, air quality, the local economy, and historic or cultural resources.

Written comments should be submitted by Sept. 11 to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Ave., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 E-Mail: greg.manson@dot.state.oh.us