“Bringing down this cut will be the most difficult part of the project,” said Matthew Moore, Highway District 12 section engineer. “The hillside is very steep, both above and below the road, leaving very little room to work.”
The construction work is expected to severely impact traffic in the area this week and beyond.
According to officials with Highway District 12, the biggest impact to traffic will occur when the contractor is blasting. Traffic will be stopped prior to each shot and held until the area is safe to travel. The driving lane will be cleared of debris before traffic is allowed to pass, and this may take a while after each shot.
Moore also said that traffic will also be stopped for short periods to allow rock trucks to pass across Route 122.
“We are estimating 6-to-8 weeks to complete this cut,” Moore said. “Once this work is finished, the relocated section will be paved.”
The contract for the project on Meade Hill went to Bizzack Construction for $7,570,023.13.
According to Sara George, information officer for Highway District 12, the main purpose of the project is to improve safety on the highway by eliminating the sharp curve at Meade Hill.
Also part of the project, two bridges across Beaver Creek will be constructed in the area. One bridge will be behind the football field at South Floyd High School and one on the front side of the field. The project ends just past the entrance to the high school.