Nichole Hannahs

Construction Headaches for Motorists

by Nichole Hannahs on July 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

Construction work in the city of Zanesville is bound to cause more than a few headaches lasting into this fall.

Monday July 18 State Route 666 North will close for a week so water water lines can be tied in to the new water plant.

"Most of the work needs to be done in the State Route there it will open to and include Riverside Park but northbound traffic will have to be detoured," said Public Service Director Mike Sims.

Those looking to detour should take Old Adamsville Road to Neil Avenue and back to Buckeye Drive. Another traffic tie up will take place as paving of Maple Avenue begins. Work will start near Old Falls Road and be in the main section by early August. Work will take place during the day and will create delays and tie ups.

"The contractors biggest concern is overhead wiring that may not be visible at night," explained Sims. "With the dump trucks in the raised position to feed the asphalt they were concerned about taking out street lights and traffic signal wiring."

The project will be done by the Shelly Company and is estimated to cost close to $4m. Thanks to funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Public Works the city will pay $68,000. The work should be done by October.