The new bridge, pictured here, is currently being constructed on Ohio 664 as part of the double roundabout project.
HOCKING COUNTY — Since breaking ground earlier this year on Phase I of the $5.3 million U.S. Route 33 and Ohio 664 double roundabout interchange near Hocking Hills, construction crews will soon be ready to begin Phase II as early as August.
“This project is more than just about safety — it’s about creating a unique and beautiful interchange that enhances the experience for the millions of visitors traveling to this area each year,” said ODOT District 10 Deputy Director Steve Williams. “And more importantly, this project creates opportunities for future economic development in and around southeast Ohio.”
Work on Phase I of the state’s first-ever double roundabout interchange included widening the exit and entrance ramps at U.S. 33 and Ohio 664, constructing a portion of the new Ohio 664 bridge, embankment and drainage work and installing temporary and permanent pavement. Phase I stats include:
· Placing 3,500 tons of asphalt for temporary and permanent pavement;
· Pouring 750 cubic yards of concrete for the new bridge deck, sidewalks, curb and other portions of the bridge structure;
· Moving 36,000 cubic yards of dirt as part of the embankment work at the entrance and exit ramps as well as on various other portions of the project.
Before switching to Phase II, ODOT and the contractor will finish minor pavement work as well as pouring the bridge walls and approach slabs on the new bridge. An approach slab is the area between the bridge deck and the roadway. A bridge approach slab is used to provide a smooth and structurally sound transition from the pavement to the bridge.
The switch to Phase II will shift traffic to the new bridge where two lanes of traffic will be maintained at all times. Once the traffic shift is made, construction crews will begin removing the existing bridge deck on the Ohio 664 bridge, raising the piers and finally pouring new concrete on the bridge.
“As a major gateway to tourism in our county, I am pleased to see the progress ODOT has made on this important interchange,” said Hocking Hills Tourism President Rick Webb. “Once complete, the roundabouts will make it easier for locals and visitors to access beautiful Hocking Hills and historic Logan.”
Weather permitting, the project is estimated to be completed on October 18, 2013.