A section of State Route (SR) 41 just south of Washington Court House will be closed for a few days beginning today as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) performs emergency road work.
According to Ronnie Ward, ODOT transportation manager in Fayette County, a culvert failed due to high water around the 10-mile marker on SR 41 between Rowe Ging Road SW and Wilson-Silcott Road (a span of about a mile), and is in need of replacement.
“I am hoping we can do it and have everything opened up by Friday, that’s my goal,” Ward said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “We will be done by Saturday though as long as nothing unforeseen comes up.”
Ward said detour signs are currently set up. Due to constraints on side roads, Ward said he has to detour people from state route to state route because he is aware of those weight limits, clearance heights and other factors. This resulted in the current detour, which will send travelers via SR 753 to meet up with U.S. 35 or SR 41 depending on the direction they need to go.
“Please, just be tolerant with us,” Ward said. “These high waters that we have had lately caused the pipe to fail and we have to get a pipe in there to keep the road safe. I usually try to give at least two weeks notice for a project like this, but how this came in with the pipe failing the way it is, I just felt it was safer to get the road closed and the pipe replaced.”
For more information contact the Ohio Department of Transportation Fayette County Garage at (740) 387-0744.
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