HOWARD — The Ohio Department of Transportation District 5 has announced construction on the bridge over Schenck Creek on U.S. 36, near Apple Valley. The bridge is just east of the conjunction of Monroe Mills Road and Schenck Creek Road.
According to Kate Stickle of the District 5 Communications Office, the construction is part of ODOT’s “Fix it First” philosophy. The re-decking of the bridge will be done by DOT Construction of Canfield and is scheduled to begin Monday, March 30. The work will be completed, weather permitting, Aug. 31, 2009.
“Single-lane traffic will be maintained during the construction,” Stickle said.
However, access to U.S. 36 will be closed from Schenck Creek and Monroe Mills roads. ODOT has set up detours to be used during the construction. They are:
South approach to U.S. 36 westbound: Monroe Mills Road to New Gambier Road to Kenyon Road (Ohio 308) to U.S. 36.
South approach to U.S. 36 eastbound: Schenck Creek Road to U.S. 36.
North approach to U.S. 36 westbound: Cornish Road (Township Road 242) to Vincent Road (County Road 46) to U.S. 36.
North approach to U.S. 36 eastbound: Monroe Mills Road to Cornish Road (Township Road 242) to Lakeview Heights Drive (County Road 93) to Apple Valley Drive (County Road 4) to Apple Valley Blvd. (County Road 4A).
Stickle said ODOT did look into the possibility of putting in a turn lane for eastbound traffic onto Monroe Mills Road, but determined there is not enough distance between Monroe Mills Road and Schenck Creek Road to construct the proper turn lanes.