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Big progress being made on Ohio 7

Big progress is being made along State Route 7, which has been under construction for the past 6 years. Since 2011, construction has been taking place, and as progress continues, your traffic commute might be effected.

Big progress is being made along State Route 7, which has been under construction for the past 6 years.

Since 2011, construction has been taking place, and as progress continues, your traffic commute might be effected.

But this time, in a positive way.

The entire section of Route 7 near Rush Run Road has been plagued by rock falls, landslides, and mudslides for years, but it was one mudslide in March 2011 that covered a portion of the road, closing it for a few days.

That’s when the Ohio Department of Transportation decided to cut the hillside back.

"Since the project began on this section of the road south of Brilliant, we have moved over 3 million yards and set off about just over 400 shots over the course of these two projects," project engineer Adam Lytton said.

To put that into perspective, the amount of dirt and rock moved equaled to about 34 football fields stacked about 50 feet high.

"Now that the dirt is gone, we are in the phase of rebuilding the road," Lytton said.

After 6 years of construction, enough progress has been made to reopen the lanes heading southbound.

"To the north up here, the mill is actually coming at us right now, we are going to start repaving the section of road on Monday, and hopefully flip traffic back into the southbound lane for the first time since March of 2011," Lytton said.

ODOT officials says they anticipate the entire project will be completed by the end of September 2017. That will mean having Route 7 full restored to two lanes in each direction.

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