As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation—District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s Environmental Office is seeking public input in the matter of a bridge replacement project on State Route 139 in Jackson County.

It has been proposed to replace the structure, located on State Route 139 at the 10.44-mile mark in a rural area of Franklin Township of Jackson County.

The existing structure is a concrete arch built on reinforced concrete footings with concrete deck slab extensions and a reinforced concrete substructure. The structure was built in 1930 and underwent a major rehabilitation in 1947. The new structure will be a 16-foot by 6-foot, three-sided, flat-topped precast reinforced concrete culvert with full height wingwalls.

The project will require approximately 0.376 acres of permanent right-of-way. The permanent right-of-way is located along the stream channel, residential lawn and forested hillside.

No homes or businesses will be removed by the project and the roadway will be closed for the duration of the project. The state detour will be State Route 139 to State Route 32 to State Route 93 to State Route 279 to State Route 139; this detour is approximately 25.5 miles. The local detour will be State 139 to Township Road 600 (Sheward Rd.) to Township Road 263 (Russ Rd.) to County Road 11 (Fourmile Rd.) to County Road 14 (Franklin Grange Rd.) to State Route 139; this detour is approximately 2.4 miles.

The funding for the project will come wholly from the State. The environmental commitment date is Tuesday, Nov. 30. The project is currently expected to be awarded Oct. 1 of 2022.

Written comments should be submitted by Aug. 19 of 2021 (or to the deadline date that is posted on the ODOT web site) to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 Environmental Supervisor, 650 Eastern Ave., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601. E-mails can be sent to greg.manson@dot.ohio.gov.

The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project are being, or have been, carried-out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated Dec. 14, 2020, and are executed by FHWA and ODOT.