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Another slip, another project

MARTINS FERRY — Another slip repair project is planned for Ohio 647 near Martins Ferry, this time near the intersection of Belmont County Road 4.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said the slide repair is scheduled to begin Monday and last about a month.

Motorists who will be traveling in this area can use the following detours: Ohio 150 east to Ohio 7, Ohio 7 south to Ohio 647 and reverse.

Lauren Borell, ODOT spokeswoman, said the project covers 0.18 miles of Ohio 647.

“The majority of this project includes the installation of concrete curbs and storm sewer. A small area of this project will include the installation of dump rock for minor slope stabilization to prevent future slips,” she said on Tuesday.

The road has remained open despite the slip damage. During the work, it will be closed entirely to traffic. The contractor hired for the job was NLS Inc. for $272,354.

A large slip repair project wrapped up recently on a different section of Ohio 647 in Martins Ferry. That slip caused the road to go down to one lane of traffic. Before the project began city officials and others were concerned about using the road, as drivers could not see whether oncoming traffic was using the one open lane. Just barrels were used to block the damaged area.

However, after concerns were expressed, ODOT installed a temporary traffic signal to make traveling around the slip less dangerous.

When the work began that section of road was closed to traffic completely for the safety of workers.

As part of this project, a large portion of Ohio 647 also was repaved including through the city up to the Ohio 7 intersection. That paving work has since been completed, including the restriping of the road.

At two different intersections new sidewalk approaches also were installed, featuring non-slip brick work.

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