S.R. 7 Reopened

Crews complete repairs ahead of anticipated schedule

Chillicothe (Thursday, March 15, 2018) – Working hard to restore state Route 7 in Lawrence County following a rockfall between the U.S. 52 interchange and S.R. 527 at Chesapeake, maintenance crews and contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation have reopened the westbound lanes of the route to traffic.

S.R. 7 in Lawrence County was closed in the four-lane section between C.R. 15 (Buffalo Creek Road) and C.R. 124 (Tallow Ridge Road) after a massive rock slide occurred along the westbound lanes on Monday, February 26.

While eastbound S.R. 7 was reopened to traffic the following day, the route’s westbound lanes remained closed while maintenance crews and contractors cleared approximately 2,145 tons of rock and worked to restore the route to traffic.

ODOT District 9 issued an emergency contract to DGM, Inc. to clear the rock and debris, scale the adjacent hillside to remove additional loose rock and repair the pavement which had become severely damaged by the slide. And although the initial, anticipated schedule to reopen the route was three weeks, crews have worked to expedite operations and have the route open ahead of schedule.