JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio (WTRF) - After a giant boulder slowed progress last August along State Route 7 at Rush Run in Jefferson County, work is finally moving forward.
Officials say work is officially starting again on Rush Run. Crews finished stabilizing the rock around the first of the year and now removal of the hazardous bolder begins.
Officials say the plan is to start blasting on Monday. For the past week, crews have been drilling holes to prepare and now they're ready. Drivers need to be aware that traffic will be stopped both north and southbound for 15 minutes while the blasting occurs.
If you travel Route 7, please plan ahead to avoid delays, especially since blasting is expected to last a few weeks.
ODOT Project Engineer, Adam Lytton, says they're hoping drivers will be patient and their main goal is the safety of the public, "We're doing this with the goal we've been here forever for, to improve the rockfall areas along the road so motorists are safe and so the road isn't shut down every couple of months. But it can be a long process. Hopefully, it goes pretty smoothly," Lytton said.
Officials are hopeful once the bolder is removed, Rush Run will be open to four lanes again and paved in the Spring.
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