GALLIPOLIS — The traffic barrels on the Silver Memorial Bridge are the start, or end (depending on a person’s direction of travel) of a construction zone in which a nearly $5 million resurfacing and paving project is taking place.
According to Ashley Rittenhouse, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 10, this project includes U.S. 35 from the Silver Memorial Bridge to the Ohio 160 interchange. This will include around 7.5 miles of total paving, breaking down into 4.37 miles of paving on U.S. 35 (four lanes) and 3.07 miles on Ohio 160 (two lanes).
This work began on July 17 and has a completion date of Oct. 31 with Shelley Company of Thornville, Ohio as the main contractor. One lane of traffic will be closed in each direction while work is performed in the adjacent lane. The speed limit is 55 mph in the construction zone.
Though the construction barrels and speed signs can be found on the Silver Memorial Bridge, Rittenhouse said there will be no paving done on the actual bridge. West Virginia has ownership of that structure and is responsible for its maintenance.
Rittenhouse said ODOT realizes this is a busy stretch of roadway and appreciates everyone’s patience during this time of road construction. She also said ODOT asks drivers to remember to be aware of the safety of construction workers and their fellow drivers in the one lane of traffic allowed while this project is underway.
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at email@example.com.