There is not expected to be any limiting of traffic on the bridge in Sciotoville when crews begin the work of making repairs to that structure.
Portsmouth City Council will vote Monday night to authorize approval of the preliminary legislation submitted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) proposing to perform maintenance work to the substructure on the bridge (overpass) located on Gallia Street in Sciotoville.
The legislation says ODOT has determined the need to perform a district wide bridge and culvert re[aor project in fiscal year 2017. One of the bridges included in the project is the Sciotoville bridge, and ODOT will be performing maintenance work on sections of the substructure.
Since the work being performed is not on the actual surface, traffic will not be impaired while ther work is done.
The state of Ohio will assume 100 percent of all costs of the improvement and the city agrees to pay 100 percent of the cost of those features requested by the city of Portsmouth which are determined by the state and Federal Highway Administration (FHA) to be unnecessary for the project.
ODOT has been busy in recent days in the city of Portsmouth with projects that have totaled $2 million including the recent repavement of U.S. 52 (11th Street), in the city limits, and the current job of maintenance on the U.S. Grant Bridge. On Wednesday, ODOT crews will set about to work on the rock removal project on U.S. 52 east,
“They’re going to start putting in restrictions for eastbound only,” ODOT District 9 Public Information officer Kathleen Fuller said. “The westbound will be open to two lanes. The eastbound will be restricted to one lane between the bridge and (Ohio) 335 and then going up to the corp(oration) limit there toward New Boston. They’ll restrict it there in the city.”
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