Mary Alice Reporting – Starting on Monday, a major reconstruction project, on State Route 16, will cause lane closures.

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 reports that the pavement replacement will be from the City of Coshocton to the Muskingum County line.

Public Information Office Morgan Overbey explains that crews will work in two-mile increments for the duration of the project and they will begin on the two lane section starting at SR 83.

“This project is a full depth replacement of the pavement within the project limits, which means the existing composite pavement will be completely removed down to the dirt and then the roadway will be built back up.”

She adds that this work will take two years to complete and for a heavily traveled area, as US 36 runs into SR 16, motorists will need to plan ahead. There will be maintenance of one-way traffic for the southbound motorists but anyone traveling eastbound will have to take a detour.

“So basically that first two mile section [between SR 83 and AK Steel], once they are done with that section of road they are going to move to the next two mile section just west of there, then they will move to the next two mile section just west of there, which will butt up to the Muskingum County line.”

The work in the 2-lane section will take all of 2022 and a portion of 2023. Work will then begin on the 4-lane section of SR 16. At that time, one lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. 

Overbey asks, during orange barrel season, for all motorists to pay attention in work zones, limit the distractions, and to slow down.

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