1/3/2017 3:53:00 PM Emergency project reopens U.S. 50
Ohio Department of Transportation crew members are shown as they work on an emergency culvert replacement project on U.S. Route 50 just west of McArthur. The highway was closed in both lanes during the three-day repair project, which was completed last Friday morning. (Photos By David Molihan, Vinton County Transportation Administrator)
This is another view of an important culvert-replacement project which took place on U.S. Route 50 in Vinton County just west of McArthur and east of Circle Drive. The highway was closed down in both lanes Dec. 27-30 to allow the work to take place.
Vinton County's most important transportation artery -- U.S. Route 50 -- was reopened to traffic west of McArthur Friday morning, Dec. 30, after a section of the highway was closed for three days in both directions due to an emergency culvert replacement project.
The project was considered critical as it temporarily closed east/west traffic on Vinton County's busiest highway and cut off the most direct access between the county seat of McArthur and the western portion of the county and Ross County/Chillicothe. The location of the culvert replacement project was approximately two miles west of McArthur and just east of Circle Drive.
According to Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 10 Public Information Officer Ashley Rittenhouse, a routine inspection at the site on Dec. 20 led to the discovery of a collapsing culvert, which had been caused by stream erosion.
ODOT District 10 leaders then determined to carry out an emergency culvert replacement project, scheduled to start Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, which was expected to take three days to complete. Both lanes of U.S. Route 50 were shut down during the construction project and a suggested detour was established, and ODOT used its own workers for the job. Rittenhouse reported the project cost approximately $18,000 in labor and materials.
As it turned out, another culvert problem was detected just 600 feet away from the main work site, and ODOT crews were able to add this to the project and still reopen the highway as scheduled on Dec. 30. The highway reopened at approximately 10 a.m. that day. Rittenhouse stated the new culverts should be good for 50 to 100 years.