Work on Route 7 retaining walls nearly finished | News, Sports, Jobs

BRIDGEPORT – Work is nearing completion on three retaining walls to address a rockfall problem on a hill along State Route 7 and an adjacent sidewalk in Bridgeport.

Lauren Borrell, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, said the work is expected to be completed by October 31.

The walls will be built along a sidewalk next to the south fork in Bridgeport.

Large stones have been falling from this hillside area for many years.

After a recent inspection of the mound, ODOT’s geotechnical engineers found that the slope had a little slip. The walls are built to prevent dirt from falling on the sidewalk or street.

“This is a rockfall rehabilitation project that will place three separate sections of rock protection wall along State Route 7 and Lincoln Avenue.” Said Borrell.

Borrell said because the situation was recognized early, ODOT was able to plan the project and budget for it instead of having to do an emergency repair.

The project is being handled by Bog Construction from the Berlin center for USD 243,724.

The concrete walls are poured in. They are expected to last 75 to 100 years.

“ODOT bridges are designed for a service life of 50 years. As long as these walls are not affected, we expect them to last for some time. “ she noticed.

The rockfall barriers are three different lengths: 132 feet, 508 feet, and 296 feet. They are about 100 feet apart.

While some rocks and boulders have occasionally fallen from the slope in recent years, there was a major landslide a few years ago. Rocks, mud and debris covered the sidewalk area that is between Bridgeport and Aetnaville.

It took several months for the crews to remove all of the debris from this large slide. During this project, the slope was also cut back to avoid additional slides.

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