A little more than a month since a culvert and the pavement collapsed, SR 785 in Highland County has been reopened to traffic.
The route was closed between SR 73 and SR 247 on Wednesday, Aug. 17, after heavy storms and flash flooding caused a culvert to collapse and the pavement to give way. The section of road that was lost was located at the junction of Burgess Road.
Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 expedited an emergency repair project, awarding a contract to the Shelly Company within two days of the washout and allowing the contractors to start work immediately.
Construction, which included installing an 11-foot concrete culvert, headwalls, wing walls, guardrail, approaches and pavement, began Aug. 20, and the majority of the project was completed Tuesday when the contractors opened the route at approximately 4 p.m.
Although most construction has been completed, crews have some finishing work remainin; however, traffic will be maintained by flaggers when they’re at work.
For additional information on lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events throughout the state, visit ODOT on the web at www.Ohgo.com
Submitted by Kathleen Fuller, ODOT District 9 public information officer.