Section of Route 7 to reopen by the end of September

RUSH RUN — The Ohio Department of Transportation reported southbound traffic on state Route 7 will be returned to its original travel lane on Wednesday, eliminating the crossover for the work zone at Rush Run.

During this transition, ODOT reported there will be intermittent delays. Motorists are urged to plan ahead or use an alternate route to avoid delays.

One lane of traffic will remain open in each direction during the remainder of the construction, according to ODOT.

Excavation was completed on the $16 million slope repair project in early June, but, since the work zone was in place for an extended period of time, additional construction is required to restore the pavement to an acceptable condition, including paving and construction of a rock catchment wall, ODOT reported.

Officials said work on restoring all four lanes of traffic should be completed by Sept. 30.

The highway will remain reduced to one lane in each direction north of Brilliant until that hillside project is completed next year, ODOT reported.

The first landslide occurred, restricting traffic along Route 7 in March 2011. ODOT reported more than $68 million has been invested into repairing the hillside and for the safety of motorists along the five-mile stretch.