Statewide Litter Prevention Campaign Launched

Presented By Atomic Speedway

The Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) have unveiled a statewide litter campaign to prioritize and promote the conversation around litter in Ohio.

“Litter is ugly and costly,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Earth Day is a great opportunity to recognize what each of us can do to help protect our planet.  One of the things we can all do is help clean up litter – because a little bit of litter is a big problem.”

Research shows that 42% of Ohioans admit to having littered in the past month. Litter impacts many facets of Ohio, including Ohio’s transportation system, state parks, beach fronts, and waterways.

At the state level, litter remains a costly problem. ODOT alone has spent at least $48.6 million to deal with litter since 2011.  Last year, staff at ODOT spent 151,410 hours picking up trash.

“Every year ODOT crews have to divert their attention from important maintenance work to pick up other people’s trash,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “If we can work together to reduce the amount of litter that collects on our roadways, our crews can spend less time picking up trash and more time on critical maintenance work like pothole and guardrail repairs.”

Additionally, many state parks saw a significant increase in visitors last year who spent time hiking, biking, and swimming. This includes Alum Creek State Park, which saw a nearly 300% increase in beach use during peak summertime. Those large crowds left behind a lot of trash and proved to be a challenge for cleanup crews.

“Ohio’s public lands belong to everyone,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Litter spoils our experience with nature, but we are committed to doing our part to keep our beautiful landscapes pristine.”

The campaign, A Little Litter is a Big Problem, is designed to show Ohioans the impact their litter can have. Inappropriately discarding an empty container or banana peel adds to the larger statewide problem. This campaign is meant to show the full scale of this issue, giving Ohioans a whole new visual perspective on litter.

This effort signals a transition from a mostly reactive approach to litter by incorporating a preventative strategy into the state’s efforts by drawing attention to the problem of litter in the state and reminding Ohioans they each have a role to play in reducing its harmful impact.

“Accumulated litter can threaten wildlife and create public health concerns,” said Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson. “Ohioans can help make every day Earth Day by doing your part to keep Ohio beautiful and litter free.”

The agencies will host a litter summit this spring, to rally together with partner organizations to combat the liter problem. The agencies are seeking local governments, environmentally focused groups, businesses, educational institutions, and additional community organizations to partner with to spread the campaign even further.  Research shows that while 28% of people recall a message against litter, they do not recall the actual message.  Working with stakeholders and various groups across the state will counteract this statistic.

Organizations interested in attending the summit can email web.requests@epa.ohio.gov and use “litter” in the subject line. Additional details about the litter campaign and spring summit are forthcoming. 

Earth Gathering Moved To April 25th

Presented By Hometown-Motors, Inc.

A full slate of activities, entertainment and vendors are planned for the 21st Annual Earth Gathering in Chillicothe’s Yoctangee Park, April 25th, a delay of one day due to forecasts of rain on Saturday.

The event is scheduled for 11am-6pm at the lawn of the Pump House Center For The Arts. The Chillicothe Art League 22nd-annual Spring Open Exhibition is on display inside the gallery in conjunction with the Earth Gathering. The Pump House will extend its hours during the Earth Gathering festival.

Organizations include Chillicothe Art League, City of Chillicothe Tree Commission, League of Women Voters, Ross Litter Control & Recycling with RPHF Solid Waste District, Chillicothe Trails with Ross Co. Park District.

Here is the line-up of entertainment and activities:

EG Band Lineup 

11 TBA

12pm Matt Moon (Rockbridge)

1pm The Greater Goods (local)

2pm Jesse Powers (Columbus)

3pm Ben True & the Basement Collective (local)

4pm Hillbilly Chic (local old-time bluegrass)

5pm Big Jim & the Twins (local/ 60’s-era music)

Two Roasting Joes and Livy Cakes will serve coffee and desserts
Vendors will be selling hemp, beaded and fine silver jewelry, crystals and gemstones, honey products of all kinds, candles, soaps and personal care products, argon oil products, hand-crafted cloth and leather purses, hats, tanks original t-shirt designs, coin guitar picks, natural healing remedies, heirloom seeds, Native-American inspired jewelry and purses, and relaxation massage, 2D art and cards.

Loving Healthy Farms from Cincinnati-area will be the official food vendor (Menu attached)

Fayette County Sheriff Elected President Of National Sheriff’s Association

Presented By McDonald’s, I’m Lovin’ It!

Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth has been elected to a term as President of the National Sheriff’s Association.

The NSA represents sheriffs around the nation, assisting in training for public safety as well as lobbying state and federal elected officials on behalf of the elected law enforcement leaders they represent.

A swearing-in ceremony for Sheriff Stanforth will be conducted in Washington Court House, honoring him with this national position.

The ceremony will be held at 2pm May 8th at the Heritage Memorial Church, located at 1867 Old U.AS. 35 NW in Washington Court House.

A reception is planned, following the event.

Weekly ODOT Road Construction Reports

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Weekly Construction Update
WEEK OF APRIL 26, 2021
Chillicothe, Ohio (Thursday, April 22, 2021) – The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Ross County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

State Route 104 Resurfacing – S.R. 104 will be reduced to one lane daily between Fairgrounds Road and the Pickaway County Line from 7 AM to 5 PM, Mon-Fri starting April 19. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

State Route 28 Resurfacing – S.R. 28 will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM between S.R. 138 and Harper Station Road starting April 15. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Scioto Trails State Park Culvert Replacement – Scioto Trails Forest Road 5 will be closed for 60 days near the intersection with Stony Creek Road starting March 22. Estimated completion: Spring 2021

Tar Hollow State Park Slide Repair – Park Road 10 will be closed for 30 days in Tar Hollow State Park for a slide repair project starting March 15 at 7 AM. Estimated completion: May 14.

Ross County Guardrail Replacement – Various county roads will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM starting March 1. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

U.S. 23 Slide Repair – U.S. 23 northbound will experience intermittent single-lane closures south of S.R. 372. Restrictions will be set up as needed for construction. When in effect, restrictions will occur between 7 AM and 5 PM. Estimated completion: Spring 2021
The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Pike County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

U.S. 23 Signal Upgrade – U.S. 23 will be reduced to one lane in each direction daily from 7 AM to 5 PM on either side of the intersection with Second Street immediately south of the village of Waverly beginning March 24. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

S.R. 772 Slide Repair – S.R. 772 will be reduced to one, 13-foot lane between S.R. 124 and McKinney Road starting March 15 at 7 AM. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Pike Lake State Park Resurfacing – Various park roads in Pike Lake State Park will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM – 5 PM starting March 15. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Spring 2021

S.R. 32/Shyville Road Intersection Improvement – Beginning March 15, traffic lanes on S.R. 32 will be shifted in advance of construction of a new RCUT intersection design. S.R. 32 is reduced to one lane in each direction immediately east and west of the Shyville Road intersection. Estimated completion: Summer 2021
The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Highland County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* S.R. 247 Culvert Replacement – S.R. 247 will be closed for three days immediately north of S.R. 785 starting April 26 at 7:30 AM. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 785 and S.R. 73. Estimated completion: April 28 by 5 PM

S.R. 28/S.R. 138/S.R. 753 Resurfacing – This project will resurface portions of three routes in Highland County starting April 19: S.R. 28 between Leesburg and Greenfield; S.R. 138 between 7th Street and Jefferson Street in the village of Greenfield; S.R. 753 between Snake Road and McKell Avenue. The affected routes will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM during construction. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

U.S. 62 Resurfacing – U.S. 62 will be reduced to one lane between the village of Hillsboro and Warlamount Road daily from 7 AM to 5 PM starting March 29. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021
The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Scioto County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* State Route 73 Culvert Replacement – S.R. 73 will be closed 0.25 miles west of Zeufle Drive on April 23 at 7 AM. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 348 and S.R. 104. Estimated completion: April 23 by 7 PM

U.S. 52 Culvert replacements – This project will replace two culverts along U.S. 52 starting April 1. The first culvert is located east of Upper Twin Creek Road. The second culvert is located between Pond Run Road and Ziegler Lane. Construction for both culverts will occur simultaneously. For both locations, traffic on U.S. 52 will be maintained in one lane using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Riverfront Multi-Use Path – This project will construct a multi-use path between Front Street and Offnere Street beginning April 1. Traffic on affected city streets and school roads will be maintained in one lane using flaggers as needed. Restrictions may occur daily between 7:30 AM and 5 PM. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

U.S. 23/Feurt Hill Road Intersection Improvement – Feurt Hill Road may be reduced to one lane as needed during construction, with traffic maintained using flaggers. Two lanes in each direction will be maintained on U.S. 23 throughout construction. Estimated completion: Fall 2021
The following construction and maintenance projects are anticipated to affect highways in Adams County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

S.R. 32 Resurfacing – S.R. 32 will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Tranquility Pike and S.R. 73 starting April 5. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

District-wide Reflective Pavement Marker Installation – Currently working in Adams County. Beginning March 22, work will commence on various routes throughout the district from 7 AM to 5 PM daily. Traffic on two lane roadways will be maintained in one lane using flaggers. Traffic on four lane roadways will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction during work hours. Estimated completion: Summer 2021
The following construction projects are anticipated to affect highways in Brown County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

U.S. 52 Culvert Replacement – U.S. 52 will be reduced to one lane between Elk River Road and Logan Gap Road starting April 12 at 7 AM. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

S.R. 41 Slide Repair – S.R. 41 will be reduced to one lane between Meffords Run Road and Catbird Lane starting at 7 AM on April 19. Traffic will be maintained using temporary signals. Estimated completion: Summer 2021

Village of Aberdeen Sidewalk Upgrades – This project will install new pedestrian facilities in the village of Aberdeen at the intersection of U.S. 52 and Elm Street starting March 29. Traffic on U.S. 52 will be maintained in one lane in each direction throughout construction, with minor traffic impacts possible. Estimated completion: Summer 2021
The following construction and maintenance projects are anticipated to affect highways in Lawrence County next week. All outlined work is weather permitting.

NEW* S.R. 775 Double Bridge Replacement – S.R. 775 will be reduced to one lane north and south of Venisonham-Camp Branch Road beginning May 10. The road will be closed for this construction. Traffic on C.R. 64 (Venisonham-Camp Branch Road) will be maintained in one lane using temporary signals for construction of the bridge immediately south of the intersection. During periods of closure, traffic will be detoured via S.R. 141, S.R. 378, and S.R. 217. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

NEW* S.R. 217 Slide Repair – S.R. 217 will be closed for five days beginning April 26 approximately one mile east of Big Paddy Road. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 218, S.R. 553, and S.R. 7. Estimated completion: April 30 by 5 PM

S.R. 243/S.R. 378 Resurfacing – This project will resurface segments of both S.R. 243 and S.R. 378, as well as replace a culvert on S.R. 378. Traffic on the affected routes will be reduced to one lane daily from 7 AM to 5 PM beginning April 1. Traffic will be maintained using flaggers. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

U.S. 52 Bridge Repair and Maintenance – This project will perform various maintenance and repair work to several bridges along U.S. 52 starting April 1. Traffic will be maintained in one, 10-foot lane in each direction of U.S. 52 throughout construction. This project will include two, 14-day ramp closures at the U.S. 52/S.R. 93 interchange. During the ramp closures, traffic will be detoured via U.S. 52 and S.R. 141. Estimated completion: Fall 2021

State Route 7 Rockslide Remediation – S.R. 7 southbound between Buffalo Creek Road and Tallow Ridge Road is reduced to one, 12-foot lane. Additional traffic control measures may be necessary as construction progresses. Estimated completion: Spring 2021


The following is for Fayette County:
State Route 753
NEW IMPACTS
SR 753 between Hukill Rd. and Bogus Rd. will close in both directions starting Monday, April 19 through Friday, April 30 for culvert replacement. Detour: SR 753 to SR 41 to SR 35 to SR 753 or reverse.

U.S. Route 62
U.S. Route 62 intersection safety – Add new left turn lanes on U.S. 62 at the SR 38 intersection. Estimated completion: Spring 2021


The following is for Pickaway County:
U.S. Route 62
CONTINUING IMPACTS
U.S. Route 62 Bridge Replacement – The U.S. 62 bridge over Deer Creek will close starting Monday, March 15 through September 2021 for bridge replacement. Detour: U.S. 62 to I-71 to SR 56 to U.S. 62 or reverse.