Nelsonville Bypass Getting New Barriers

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Motorists driving the Nelsonville bypass might wonder why there are orange construction barrels lining the new highway on its western end.

A contractor will be installing cable barrier in the median of the highway, according to Alan Craig of the Ohio Department of Transportation's District 10 office.

Nationwide Construction Group, based in Michigan, has been awarded a nearly $1.54 million contract for the work, which will include the entire bypass and is scheduled to be completed this fall, Craig said.

The barrier — basically a guardrail made with cable rather than metal beams — is intended to prevent vehicles from crossing the median and hitting oncoming traffic, Craig said.

Work will involve restricting the bypass to one lane in each direction. Rather that restrict traffic for the full length of the bypass at one time, it was decided to do the project in stages, Craig said.