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Montgomery Road's New Look

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officially kicked off its 2007 construction season in April. This year's work includes more than 100 highway projects and close to 475 resurfacing and maintenance projects, all aimed at improving Ohio's interstate system and maintaining existing infrastructure.

June 25, 2007

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officially kicked off its 2007 construction season in April. This year's work includes more than 100 highway projects and close to 475 resurfacing and maintenance projects, all aimed at improving Ohio's interstate system and maintaining existing infrastructure.

In Greater Cincinnati, numerous major projects are under way, including an important widening project on heavily traveled U.S. 22 (Montgomery Road) from just south of Montgomery in Hamilton County to the Little Miami River in Warren County. Construction began in April 2006 and is scheduled for completion in mid-2009. "This project is designed to increase capacity and improve safety," says Cory Carfora, construction engineer/project manager for ODOT District 8.

John R. Jurgensen Co., Cincinnati, received a $35.4-million contract for widening approximately 4.5 miles of the highway, and improving the Interstate 275/U.S. 22 interchange as well. The contractor is widening the road from three to five lanes in spots to five to eight lanes, and placing approximately 12,000 cubic yards of asphalt using a Superpave mix.

Currently the contractor is proceeding on the second of three phases for this project. Jurgensen Project Manager Jason Mudd says the project is challenging because of the various construction tasks in each phase.

During a recent jobsite visit by Construction Digest, Jurgensen crews were busy installing an 84-inch culvert, placing temporary asphalt pavement and doing fill work. Asphalt work on Montgomery Road will heat up this summer.

In addition to the paving operation, the project involves extensive utility work. "In Part 2, there is $3.1 million worth of water works alone, including $2.6 million for a 42-inch transmission line," Carfora says.

Inside The Project

Montgomery Road is a busy highway. According to District 8, traffic counts range from approximately 34,000 vehicles a day at the north Montgomery corporation line to 22,500 at Kemper Road.

Originally, the Montgomery Road project was going to be separated into three separate contracts. "But now all the work is being done under one contract," says Carfora. "That's what makes it tricky.

"Part 1 of the project involved work on the interchange — widening 1.5 miles of inside shoulders on I-275's eastbound ramp," says Carfora. "Part 2 starts north of the intersection. Jurgensen is relocating Cornell Road and moving north up Montgomery Road to Calumet Drive. Then, they will skip the section between Calumet Drive and Fields Ertel Road, and widen the section from Fields Ertel Road to near the Little Miami River."

He notes that the section between Calumet Drive and Fields Ertel Road will be widened in the future under another contract once right of way is acquired and design plans are completed.

Jurgensen's project on Montgomery Road represents just one portion of ongoing construction to widen the highway and give the corridor a new look. Carfora is also overseeing work on Montgomery Road at the Norwood Lateral, at U.S. 22 and S.R. 562 (another Jurgensen contract), and on Montgomery at Kenwood Road, just west of the interchange of U.S. 22 and I-71 (Barrett Paving Co. has the contract).

On The Road

Along with U.S. 22 construction, other key projects this year in the Cincinnati area include:

  • Rehabilitating I-275 from just east of Winton Road to just east of U.S. 42. This work includes adding a fourth lane in both directions, widening the eastbound and westbound on and off ramps to Mosteller Road; replacing the bridge decks on the Chesterdale Road and U.S. 42 overpasses; adding turn lanes on the Chesterdale Road and U.S. 42 overpasses; adding turn lanes at the intersection of Kemper and Mosteller roads; and adding noise barriers along I-275 between Winton Road and S.R. 747. According to District 8, this four-phase project began in March and is scheduled for completion in October 2010.
  • Concrete overlay of I-75/I-71 southbound approaches to Brent Spence Bridge. Construction began in April and is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Resurfacing I-74 from Dry Ford Road to Harrison Road. Construction began in April and scheduled for completion in September.
  • Resurfacing U.S. 50 from the eastern Cincinnati corporation limit through Fairfax to the eastern Mariemont corporation limit. Work also includes resurfacing S.R. 32 from Wooster Avenue to the eastern Cincinnati corporation limit. Construction began in April and is scheduled for completion in September.
  • Construction of 1.4 miles of relocated S.R. 73 east of the city of Wilmington, beginning near Airborne Road and ending at U.S. Routes 22/3. Improvements also include widening one-half mile of U.S. 22/3 and widening 0.33 miles of Airborne Road. Construction began in April and is scheduled for completion in April 2008.

District 8 reports that approximately $260 million worth of road work will take place this year in the counties of Hamilton, Warren, Clinton, Clermont, Preble, Butler, and Green.

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