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Groundbreaking ceremony planned for OHIO-ODOT test pavement project in Vinton County

 | Jun 30, 2017
Shad Sargand standing in front of the Russ College's Mobile Infrastructure Lab

Groundbreaking ceremony planned for OHIO-ODOT test pavement project in Vinton County

Jun 30, 2017

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony on Thurs., July 6, at 10 a.m. on US 50 in Vinton County, marking the beginning of construction on Ohio’s first low-volume, two-lane test road.

The project is a joint effort of the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio University’s Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE), whose researchers will use the 1.44-mile stretch of US 50 to test ways to preserve pavement.

“Meetings and discussions with county engineers, local agencies, and DOT personnel indicated the next step was to establish the Southern Ohio Low Volume Experimental Road (SOLVER) as a means to evaluate the performance of various mixes, materials, construction processes and maintenance,” said ORITE Associate Director Shad Sargand. “The findings will take on increasing significance as Ohio moves from reactive to preventative maintenance as a strategy for better stewarding taxpayer dollars.” 

The groups hope that the project will benefit various organizations charged with preserving Ohio's low-volume roadways, including counties and townships.

In the past, test pavement was only constructed on heavily traveled Ohio freeways, including US 23 in Delaware County and US 30 in Wayne County. Given that 78 percent of Ohio’s roads are low-volume roads, it makes sense to pursue the project in Vinton County, Sargand said.

The contractor on the $3.8 million project is Shelly & Sands. Estimated completion is November 2017.

The ceremony will take at the intersection of Clark Road and US 50 in Vinton County.