ODOT opens public comment period for Meigs highway system
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MEIGS COUNTY — To enhance safety and better connect southeast Ohio roadways, ODOT has made recent updates to the highway system in Meigs County. These updates require a two-week public comment period, beginning October 17, through October 31, 2013.
The changes in the Meigs County highway system include the addition of Ohio 733, currently identified as Chester Road and CR 7A between the Village of Pomeroy and Five Points interchange, the abandonment of Ohio 684 and Ohio 692 in the vicinity of the unincorporated community of Pageville, and the elimination of a proposed alignment for Ohio 124 near the Village of Pomeroy.
The proposed changes are not associated with any current project, but are part of a systematic highway asset evaluation conducted in cooperation with local public officials.
In recognition of the current traffic volume entering Pomeroy on CR 7A, the Meigs County Commissioners and Engineer asked that the segment abandoned following completion of the Pomeroy-Middleport Bypass be restored as a state highway. Conversely, the substantial reduction in traffic volume, particularly trucks, on Ohio 684 and Ohio 692 following the closure of the Meigs Mines warrants their transfer of jurisdiction to the Meigs County Highway System. Likewise, a 1970’s proposal to upgrade Ohio 124 and access to the new Meigs Mines included an alignment to access the Pomeroy-Mason Bridge. While included in the State Highway System, the changing economic conditions and recent completion of the Bridge of Honor render the proposed alignment no longer prudent.
For more information regarding the highway system updates and to submit a comment, please visit the Meigs County SR 733 webpage at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D10/d10planning/Pages/Meigs-County-SR-733.aspx.
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