Blasting work resumes above State Route 7 near Rush Run

RUSH RUN – Blasting work recently resumed on the hillside above state Route 7 near Rush Run in Jefferson County as part of the $22 million landslide repair project. Minor traffic delays are expected between 5 and 5:30 p.m. each day.

Weather permitting, both north and southbound traffic will be stopped daily for approximately 10 minutes while blasting occurs, according to ODOT officials. Motorists should plan ahead to avoid delays.

Only one blast will occur per day. State Route 7 has been reduced to one lane in each direction on the northbound side of the highway between Rayland and Brilliant, since a major landslide occurred in March 2011.

ODOT’s contractor for this project is Beaver Excavating Company, from Canton, Ohio, and work is expected to be completed in 2014.

(Video attached is courtesy of ODOT District 11).