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ODOT working to prevent costly landslides and rockslides
ODOT working to prevent costly landslides and rockslides

COLUMBUS - Landslides and rockslides are a common issue in parts of eastern and southern Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation will use $35 million in federal stimulus funding to complete dozens of projects aimed at catching these issues early or even preventing them in the first place.

When they occur, landslide and rockslide repairs can be very costly and, in many cases, take several months to complete. With few convenient detours available, getting around closed roads can often add a lot of time and distance to travel.

"ODOT is looking to prevent both landslides and rockslides from happening to avoid significant damage to our roadways,” said Governor Mike DeWine. "The use of these funds will help to keep our roadways safe for travelers in areas prone to landslides and rockslides.”

ODOT has identified nearly 40 locations in more than a dozen counties where slips and rockfalls are likely to occur in the near future. Among them is U.S. 33 southeast of Athens. A $3.3 million project will protect a section of the highway used by nearly 9,500 vehicles every day.

"Our highly skilled geotechnical engineers comb the state each day looking for potential hazards and their hard work on this effort is paying off - literally. Investing a little today on these projects will help avoid having to spend a lot tomorrow," said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.

The funding for these projects is part of the $333.4 million Ohio received from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.

District Location Details Cost
10 ATH-33-18.48 Embankment landslide repair with digout and replace $3,520,000
11 HAS-22-1.86 Slide repair by drilled shaft wall (spaced shafts or plug pile) $425,700
11 BEL-26-3.75/3.91 Slide repair by drilled shaft wall 160'/75' (below wall) $583,000
9 BRO-52-16.22 Drilling done; Survey Done $1,620,684
11 BEL-250-4.49 Slide repair by drilled shaft wall - 150' $299,200
10 MRG-60-21.20 Landslide impacting both lanes - drilled shaft wall $770,000
11 BEL-147-0.07 Slide repair by excavation and rock buttress $198,000
10 NOB-285-3.97 Landslide impacting one lane - drilled shaft wall $531,300
11 BEL-149-8.00 Slide repair by wall(s) and drainage $502,700
10 WAS-550-3.31 Landslide impacting one lane - sheet pile wall $522,500
11 BEL-250-8.10 Slide repair by dumped rock or wall - 160' $327,800
11 JEF-7-32.94 Rockfall - catchment cleanup and barrier (long) $812,900
9 LAW-7-0.58 Drilling done; Survey Done $1,421,521
10 MEG-33-9.36 Rockfall - drape, trim blasting $2,860,000
11 BEL-149-1.80 Rockfall - catchment cleanup and barrier (long) $702,900
11 JEF-213-18.16 Rockfall - catchment cleanup and barrier (short) $173,800
9 LAW-378-6.7 Drilling done; Survey Done $1,900,665
11 COL-7-2.95 Rockfall - catchment cleanup and barrier (short) $264,000
10 MOE-78-24.46 Rockfall - drape, trim blasting $1,870,000
11 HOL-514-4.50 Settlement repair by shallow undercut (24") and geoweb $165,000
11 BEL-647-7.29 Slide repair by drilled shaft wall - 80' $209,000
10 WAS-7-39.35 Rockfall - rock bolts and shotcrete $2,125,000
11 HOL-62-15.03 Slide repair by drilled shaft wall - 350' $640,200
9 LAW-7-1.62 Drilling done; Survey Done $1,212,633
11 HAS-151-24.96 Slide repair by drilled shaft wall - 1280' $1,885,400
10 MEG-681-4.95 Landslide impacting both lanes - drilled shaft wall $1,320,000
11 BEL-147-25.00/25.13/28.39 Slide repair by drilled shaft wall $836,000
10 MEG-681-5.51 Landslide impacting both lanes - drilled shaft wall $1,210,000
9 BRO-62-10.8 Drilling done $532,116
10 GAL-218-10.26 Landslide impacting both lanes - drilled shaft wall $715,000
9 ADA-125-1.3 Drilling done $421,200
10 MRG-376-12.33 Landslide impacting both lanes - drilled shaft wall $1,093,800
10 MRG-555-15.6 Landslide impacting both lanes - drilled shaft wall $1,093,800
9 SCI-335-9.4 Drilling done $550,550