Nelsonville Bypass Opening Pushed Back To Labor Day

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Under a hot July sun, crews work to complete the final stretch of road of the Nelsonville bypass.

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) hoped to have the bypass open by the end of the month or in early August.  But weather conditions in the winter and spring forced crews to go back and redo some of the work on the subgrade portion of the road they had completed earlier.

"The subgrade is the foundation, the base before the concrete goes on," said Dave Rose, public information officer with ODOT's District 10.  "Subgrade is very important to the stability of the highway and maintaining it for a very long time."

Now, ODOT hopes to have the bypass open by Labor Day.

"We are going to open this up here in the summer time," Rose said.  "Right before the holiday is our goal so it is going to be a great thing for the traveling public."

The total cost of the bypass project is $138 million.