GALLIPOLIS — A stretch of dry weather in May helped to speed work on Ohio 160 just north of Gallipolis and, as a result, two-way traffic is again flowing through the section of highway.
Motorists who regularly travel Ohio 160 to and from Gallipolis have been subject to the one-lane closure for weeks, with brief but frustrating delays, but Cary Betzing, ODOT Construction Engineer, explains that the purpose of the work has been to protect motorist safety.
Betzing said that the slip repair project, which is now coming to a close, involved eliminating a potential rock fall hazard adjacent to the highway by using explosives to remove overhanging and loose rock that might otherwise threaten public safety.
The emergency contract for the slip repair project was awarded to George J. Igel & Company, Inc. in September 2011, in the amount of $459,036.50, but change orders have increased the final cost of the emergency project to approximately $484,000.
ODOT representatives said that contractors have now completed the majority of the project, with only final clean-up and finishing work yet to be completed.