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County Roads Subjected to Seismic Surveys; Route 821 Being Widened
Posted on: 04/23/2013
By  Mike Cullums
There’s gonna to be a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on for residents along four roads in north central Washington County.
County Engineer Roger Wright says that, beginning today, Precision Geophysical, Inc., of Millersburg will be performing seismic surveys on four county roads: Germantown, Campbell Run, Dalzell and Liberty Ridge. Cables and geophones will be placed along the sides of these roads. Flaggers and signs will be used.
Anyone with questions is urged to call the County Engineer's office at (740) 376-7430.
According to Precision Geophysical’s website, seismic surveys are used by oil and gas drillers “to reduce risk and improve success rates.” 
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ODOT District 10, headquartered in Marietta, recently started a new media service called a county travel report. This week’s includes a new project in Washington County.
WMOA listeners may recall that, back in the 90s, the stretch of State Route 821 from Interstate 77 exit 6 south to where the Broughton Wildlife Area entrance now exists was straightened and widened. But the last quarter-mile of the old road was left intact because, at that time, there was discussion of possibly building a new Muskingum River bridge in that area. The bridge was never built.
Now, for safety purposes, ODOT is finishing the realignment and widening down to the Route 60 intersection. The southbound lane of Route 821 will be closed the next three months, with traffic maintained by a temporary signal.
Weather permitting, the project will be completed July 22.
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