(Chillicothe) – Ohio South Central Railroad is planning repairs to a couple of railroad crossings located on State Route 93. The road will be closed for these repairs.
July 11 – S.R. 93 will be closed for 1 day for work at the railroad crossing between 4 Mile Road and Standpipe Road. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 279, U.S. 35, and S.R. 32. Estimated completion: July 12 by 7am.
July 18 – S.R. 93 will be closed for 7 days inside the city of Jackson for work at the railroad crossing between South Street and Huron Street. Traffic will be detoured via S.R. 32, U.S. 35, and East Broadway Street. Estimated completion: July 25 by 5pm.
(Chillicothe) – Work is set to begin on a project to improve safety on U.S. 35 near the Jackson County Rest Area and the intersection at Cain Road.
This location has seen nearly 30 crashes involving traffic to and from the rest area since 2014, and over 50% of those crashes have resulted in injury, including fatalities.
This important safety project will add eastbound and westbound acceleration lanes for traffic turning out of the rest area, a westbound right turn lane, and improvements to the existing eastbound left turn lane. These improvements will help drivers more safely navigate the transition between the high-speed travel lanes and the rest area turning lanes. The work will also consolidate the access points to and from the rest area at the Cain Road intersection.
“The number of injury crashes at this location is troubling,” said District 9 Deputy Director Michael Dombrowski. “We are confident these improvements will help travelers more safely transition to and from this rest area and this will reduce the number of injury crashes at this location moving forward.”
Work on the project is anticipated to begin April 4, with U.S. 35 westbound reduced to one lane for the first phase of construction. As part of construction, there will be no way to safely access the rest area and it is anticipated to close to the public for the project’s duration within a week of the start of construction.
Traffic on U.S. 35 will be maintained in at least one lane in each direction throughout construction, and two lanes of traffic on Cain Road will be maintained. The rest area will be closed for the project’s duration, commercial vehicle drivers are advised to adjust travel plans to utilize the U.S. 35 rest area in Gallia County, or other suitable truck stops along U.S. 35 in Jackson County.
Shelly & Sands, Inc. were awarded the $2.5 million project, and all work is expected to complete by Fall 2022.
(Jackson) – Families in southern Ohio will have a chance to celebrate the beauty of winter with a hike to admire the stunning views at Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve in Jackson County. The event, hosted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves (DNAP) will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9am-2pm.
Caption: A winter scene at the scenic Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve.
The family-friendly event will showcase the views of the more than 2,000-acre State Nature Preserve. Lake Katharine contains stunning hemlock tree covered, 50+ foot tall sandstone cliffs that surround a beautiful lake. DNAP staff and guest experts will be on-site to share the preserve’s history.
The Friends of Lake Katharine will have warm cocoa available at the main parking lot for people to enjoy after returning from a hike along one of the preserve’s scenic trails.
Visitors should park at the main parking lot at 1703 Lake Katharine Road, Jackson, OH 45640. Visitors are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
People visiting Jackson County are invited to make a stop at Jackson Lake State Park to work toward their winter hiking challenge sticker. To complete the Ohio State Park challenge, download the DETOUR Ohio Trails App, available at detour.ohiodnr.gov, or in the Apple App or Google Play store. Then participate in hikes at state parks in 3 different regions of our state between January 1 and March 1, 2022. Once you complete the hike, you can submit your information here.
(Columbus)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that $14.9 million in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) Supplemental Block Grants funds will be used to help strengthen Ohio’s statewide mental health and addiction care services system, specifically in the areas of youth prevention and early intervention services.
“We know that 75% of substance use disorders and mental illness begin before the age of 25, and prevention and early intervention strategies are vital to building resilience and opportunities for long-term health,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “These dollars will make key investments in substance use disorder and mental health prevention programs and treatment services to help Ohioans live their best and healthiest lives.”
“Through close partnerships and collaborations with our community partners, these investments will be targeted in ways that facilitate more responsive, agile, and effective interventions supporting lifelong health and recovery for all Ohioans,” said Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) Director Lori Criss.
The funds will be distributed over the next four years and are broken down as follows:
$5M ($1.25M per year) for community coalitions and youth-led programs to address marijuana and alcohol prevention. These funds will be awarded on a competitive basis with a goal of reaching up to 250,000 individuals over the next four years.
$5.4M to support public health campaigns designed to enhance the perception of harm of alcohol and marijuana use.
Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis
$2.3M to fund two pilot First Episode Psychosis Coordinated Specialty Care Virtual Teams in year two and six additional teams in years three and four. Using telehealth to expand services, specialists at the Ohio State University Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICENTER) will provide medication management, psychotherapy, and family support and education. Individuals with first episode psychosis will access specific coordinated specialty care services through their local community mental health center (i.e., case management, education and vocational support and on-site nursing and medication management). EPICENTER will provide training and ongoing consultation.
$1.8M to mitigate losses for uncompensated care at 17 existing First Episode Psychosis/Early Serious Mental Illness teams in the following counties: Allen, Athens, Auglaize, Butler, Clermont, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette,Franklin, Gallia, Greene, Guernsey, Hamilton, Hardin, Highland, Hocking, Jackson, Lorain, Lucas, Mahoning, Meigs, Montgomery, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pickaway, Pike, Portage, Ross, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Vinton, Washington, Wood.
$307,926 for the purposes of adopting Healthcare, Outcomes, Network, Education (HONE) developed by Yale University to better collect outcomes on Ohio’s First Episode Psychosis clients.
As part of the ARPA block grant funding, OhioMHAS is also this month releasing $2.98 million in COVID mitigation funds to Ohio’s Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Boards (ADAMH) to be used by boards and community behavioral health providers for COVID testing, PPE purchases, contact tracing, healthy environment maintenance, and other efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19, as well as for behavioral health services for individuals in short-term housing who are at elevated risk of contracting COVID. These are one-time allocations to Ohio’s ADAMH boards for local distribution.
“We know our front-line providers continue to struggle with the effects of the variants of COVID-19, and these funds will help them continue to provide critically needed services safely,” added Criss.