State Route 7 rockfall remediation project underway in Mingo Junction
Work is officially underway along State Route 7 in Mingo Junction to remediate the hillside along the southbound lanes of State Route 7. This section of State Route 7 southbound has been restricted to one lane since March 2020 after a significant slide, causing rockfall and debris.
Following the hill slide, ODOT inspected the area and found significant geotechnical depreciation, leading to this $23 million rockfall remediation project. The planning process required substantial geotechnical exploration, environmental studies, and engineering.
The contractor is currently removing trees and brush from the face of the hillside and the hilltop. Following the completion of this work, the contractor will begin major excavation work.
The current traffic configuration will change next week to extend the existing work zone. Expect possible traffic delays during this work. One traffic lane will continue to be maintained in each direction throughout construction.
Construction includes major slope excavation that will require blasting work throughout the project. Blasting will require short-term duration closures. ODOT will share detailed information regarding dates and times for the blasting in advance. At this time, the schedule is to be determined.
Motorists are advised to drive cautiously through the work zone, follow the posted speed limit, and continue to expect possible delays throughout construction.
Kokosing is the contractor for this project, and the completion date is June 30, 2025.