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Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced Wednesday that they have awarded a Franklin Furnace bridge repair contract to Civil Construction, Inc, of Plain City, Ohio. The contract is in the amount of $159,731.22, and work will begin next week to repair the U.S. Route 52 overpass near Franklin Furnace.

According to ODOT, crews from Civil Construction will begin on Jan. 29 repairing the structural I-beams of the overpass bridge located at the route’s 35.72-mile marker by heat straightening — a method to apply controlled heat to gradually straighten the steel. The overpass bridge, which is situated on C.R. 7 (Junior Furnace – Powellsville Road) and crosses over U.S. 52, was damaged in early December when it was reportedly struck by an overheight vehicle.

At the time of the incident, ODOT Spokesperson Kathleen Fuller described the damage to the bridge as being to the “support beams on the outside edges of the bridge. The center beam is fine but the outside beams have been compromised.”

During construction, traffic traveling westbound on U.S. 52 will be reduced to one lane, and lane restrictions at the bridge on C.R. 7 will remain the same, with it open to one lane of traffic and maintained with temporary traffic signals. While the progression of work will be contingent upon the weather, the project is anticipated to be completed by early March.

ODOT reminds motorists to pay heed in the construction zone and drive with additional caution.

For additional information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit ODOT online at www.Ohgo.com.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com.

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