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Road work on Ohio 9 continues

Second closure set for Monday

T-L Photo/CARRI GRAHAM OHIO DEPARTMENT of Transportation crews continue to work on the culvert replacement project along Ohio 9 north of St. Clairsville on Friday morning. The first closure near Jug Run Road should be completed this weekend. The second closure near Vineyard Road is set to begin Monday morning.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Although the first phase of the road work project on Ohio 9 north of St. Clairsville is taking a bit longer than originally expected, officials say the project remains on schedule.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s $420,000 two-part culvert replacement project began July 13 on Jug Run Road in the Provident area. The second closure was set to begin July 27 when the crews would move the closure near Vineyard Road to continue with the second phase of the project, however the closure will remain near Jug Run Road until Monday.

Matt Bruning, press secretary for ODOT, said crews are working to complete the first phase of the project this weekend. The project’s second closure is set to begin Monday, weather permitting, he said.

“The current project on Route 9 north of St. Clairsville is scheduled to wrap up this weekend, weather permitting,” he said. “The next stage of the project will start on Monday.”

Bruning said he is hopeful the weather will remain clear and crews will be able to finish the first phase of the project this weekend.

“The weather looks pretty good (for this weekend). If it stays that way, everything should be on schedule but so far everything is on schedule and moving right along,” he said.

If all goes as planned, crews will move the closure Monday just south of Vineyard Road. The section of roadway near Jug Run Road will then be open to traffic. The two culvert replacements are a little more than 1,000 feet apart.

Bruning said the completion date for the project is set for Aug. 17.

The detour for the project will remain the same. ODOT officials recommend motorists take Interstate 70 west to Ohio 331, Ohio 331 north to Ohio 149, Ohio 149 back to Ohio 9, and reverse.

Bruning said culvert replacements are important to maintain water drainage from the roadways.

“You have to maintain those to try and reduce the risk of water backing up on the roadway,” he said.

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