Rt. 250 to be closed after Labor Day in Tappan Lake region

August 25, 2010

(The following press release is being provided courtesy of the Ohio Department of Transportation - District 11 office)

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, August 25, 2010)U.S. Route 250 will be closed to traffic in Harrison County Tuesday, September 7th, for a $4.3 million, two-mile reconstruction project.

About two miles of U.S. 250 from just east of the former Coultrap's store to just west of the former Mallernee's Market is being reconstructed to include new concrete pavement, new culverts, new guardrail and signs. Work began in July to replace 11 culverts within the project limits.

U.S. 250 will be closed to traffic for 45 calendar days for the pavement replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto SR 151 and SR 9. The detour will have temporary traffic signals and additional signing installed to accommodate increased traffic on these routes as well as some lower speed limits.

ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E. said, "The estimated construction cost savings with a complete closure of 45 days vs. a two-construction season project with traffic maintained is approximately $3.5 million. Additionally, the traveling public’s exposure to the detour will only be 45 days vs. the inconvenience of a two-year construction project and work zone. Therefore, we determined that it is more efficient, cost effective, and safer – not only from a construction perspective but also for motorists – to completely close the roadway and limit the work to a shorter timeframe."

ODOT is asking for motorists patience and cooperation during this timeframe.

ODOT reminds motorists to SLOW DOWN for the "Cone Zone;" turn on headlights and drive carefully in work zones.  Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the highway workers.  Remember, fines in work zones are doubled for not obeying traffic signs. Minimize distractions – turn OFF cell phones in construction zones.  Remember to always buckle up.

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