Comment period for S.R. 72 bridge replacement


As part of the Ohio Department of Transportation District 9’s Planning Department, the district’s environmental office is seeking public input for a bridge replacement on S.R. 72 in Highland County.

It is proposed to replace the structure on S.R. 72 at the 2.26 mile mark in Highland County. The project is located in a rural area of Fairfield Township.

The existing structure is a three-sided steel arch with reinforced concrete footings. The new structure will be a concrete box culvert with full height headwalls.

The project area will require approximately 0.273 acres of permanent right-of-way. The permanent right-of-way is located along the stream channel, agriculture fields and forested hillside.

The roadway will be closed for the duration of the project.

The state detour will be S.R. 72 to U.S. Route 62 to S.R. 28 to S.R. 72. The state detour is approximately 6.5 miles. The local detour will be S.R. 72 to Rosher Road to U.S. 62 to Mullen Hill Road to S.R. 72. The local detour is approximately four miles.

The funding for the project is 80 percent federal and 20 percent local. The environmental commitment date is July 1, 2022. The project is currently expected to be awarded Oct. 1, 2022.

Written comments should be submitted by June 14, 2021, or the deadline date that is posted on the website, to: Greg Manson, ODOT District 9 environmental supervisor P.O. Box 467; 650 Eastern Ave., Chillicothe, Ohio 45601; or email [email protected].

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 executed by FHWA and ODOT.

Submitted by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

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