Ohio 7 Work Continues

A $3.2 million resurfacing project on Ohio 7 in Shadyside is progressing as scheduled, officials said Thursday.

The project, which started at the beginning of April, is on a 2-mile stretch of the roadway from the south end of Bellaire to the south end of Shadyside. Crews from Lash Paving Inc. of Colerain have spent the past two months removing the center median wall on the majority of that stretch, leaving only the center wall on sections of road that involve bridges.

According to Lauren Holdsworth of the Ohio Department of Transportation, crews are in the process of finishing the removal of the wall and have begun making joint repair on individual portions of the roadway. Traffic has been reduced to the outside lane in each direction as crews work on the inside lane.

On Thursday, crews were seen working in several spots throughout the stretch of roadway, cutting out rectangular portions of the road and placing steel reinforcements inside before filling the holes with concrete.

Holdsworth said once joint repair is completed in the next few weeks, crews will build a new center wall before rerouting traffic to the inside lanes to work on the outside lanes and entrance and exit ramps. The entirety of the roadway will then be resurfaced, with a fall completion date set.

The project coincides with landslide repair in the northbound lane of Ohio 7 south of Shadyside and north of Dilles Bottom.

Work for the project, costing $583,985, is being done by Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co. of Powhatan Point and has a September expected completion date. Officials said the two projects are not expected to interfere with one another.