A roadway improvement project on U.S. Route 23 in northern Ross County is nearing completion, and as the project wraps up, traffic changes are now in effect at the route’s intersections with Crouse Chapel Road and Blackwater Road.
Contractors for the Ohio Department of Transportation have reconstructed the southbound left-turn lane from U.S. 23 South to Crouse Chapel Road, as well as constructed a new right-turn lane from northbound U.S. 23 to eastbound Crouse Chapel Road and a southbound left-turn lane at Blackwater Road.
As part of the project to improve safety on U.S. 23 where more than 24,000 vehicles pass each day, the median crossover at the intersection of Crouse Chapel Road has been closed, and all Crouse Chapel Road through-traffic movements and all left-turn movements from Crouse Chapel Road to U.S. 23 are now prohibited. In addition, the following traffic changes are in effect:
- Crouse Chapel Road turning movements at U.S. 23 are right-in/right-out only;
- U-turns between Crouse Chapel Road and Blackwater Road are prohibited;
- Left turns from U.S. 23 North to Crouse Chapel Road West are prohibited.
With the turning movements along this busy stretch of U.S. 23 limited, motorists on Crouse Chapel Road East who want to travel to U.S. 23 South are advised to use S.R. 159 South.
Shelly and Sands, Inc. was awarded a contract for approximately $983,580 to undertake the project, and as construction wraps up, crews will have some finishing work to complete; however, there should be little impact to motorists.