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ODOT to Rush Repaving of 28 Miles of Route 7 in Monroe, Washington Counties
Posted on: 02/20/2014
By  Mike Cullums
Ohio Department of Transportation district 10 deputy director Steve Williams says the harsh winter, coupled with increased heavy truck traffic, has put more stress on southeast Ohio roadways, especially on State Route 7 in Monroe County.
Due to the pavement conditions of the road, ODOT District 10 will be investing more than $10 million to pave portions of Route 7 in Monroe and Washington counties.    
Williams says they’ve been hearing from the public about the condition of the busy river road, and they want people to know they are aware of the situation and will begin major paving this year.  
Nearly 13 miles of Route 7 will be paved in Monroe County, along with almost 15 miles In Washington County. And more paving is being scheduled for 2015.  
Until the district begins paving this construction season, Williams says ODOT highway crews will continue to implement short-term pothole repairs using a cold weather asphalt mix. He says "cold mix" is more pliable and able to contract and expand during freeze-thaw cycles.  
So far this winter, Monroe County state workers have already used nearly 70 tons of cold mix repairing potholes, and Washington County crews have used approximately 65 tons.
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