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Jefferson Hill to close for construction in July

Traffic to be restored in September


Beginning in early July, Jefferson Hill will close for the summer for major renovations.

The city of Athens and Ohio University are partners in the construction project. The city of Athens will install sanitary sewer lines and water lines as well as reconstruct sidewalks to make them more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  
"The city of Athens received a $224,000 Ohio Public Works Commission grant for this project, which will offset the $650,000 total cost of the project," said Jessica Adine, project in development manager for the city of Athens.   

The university will take advantage of the city having Jefferson Hill closed for construction by installing chilled water utility lines under the sidewalks.

"These chilled water lines will be needed to supply air conditioning to the renovation of the former Baker University Center, which will be the new home of the Scripps College of Communications," said Harry Wyatt, associate vice president for facilities. "These chilled
water lines will be funded through Ohio University's state capital appropriations."

The hill will be paved and is scheduled to re-open for one-way uphill motor vehicle traffic on Sept. 1.