Officials from the Ohio Department of Transportation – District 9 are working to expedite an emergency repair project on SR 785 in Highland County, and construction is likely to begin early next week.
SR 785 was closed Wednesday, Aug. 17, between SR 73 and SR 247, after heavy storms and flash flooding caused a culvert to collapse and the pavement to give way. The section of road that has been lost is located immediately east of its junction with Burgess Road.
“Staff from our planning and engineering are working to move a project forward with a Type A emergency contract that will allow construction to begin immediately so that we can restore the route to traffic as quickly as possible,” said ODOT District 9 Deputy Director Vaughn Wilson.
Currently, the district’s design and geotechnical engineers are outlining the project, coordinating utilities and establishing materials needed to replace the culvert, and it is anticipated that a contractor will be able to mobilize crews and begin work on Monday, Aug. 22.
Although a timeline to complete the project has yet to be determined, construction could take three to four weeks, and while SR 785 remains closed motorists will continue to be detoured via SR 73 and SR 247.
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 public information officer.