Guernsey County Highway Department

Mission Statement

The goal of the Guernsey County Highway Department is to provide our travelers with the safest and most reliable roads and bridges possible. This must be done with a cycle of continuous improvement and in a sustainable manner for the good of our community.


County Engineer

Paul Sherry P.E., P.S.

62782 Bennett Ave. Cambridge, OH 43725

Monday – Friday
7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
740-432-2234 Voice

2023 Annual Report


Guernsey County Engineer’s Office

2024 Construction Update

Several construction projects are planned or being constructed as we speak for the Guernsey County Engineer’s office.  Several projects will be funded (100%) by different oil/gas operators as it relates to their operations.  The remaining projects will be funded through a combination of various grants and local match money.  Below is a list of all the current construction projects.

Rosen Enterprises is working on a safety project on various roads to remove trees from the clear zone, upgrade the berm, and cleanout ditches.  Claysville Rd, Georgetown Rd, Byesville Rd, Old 21 Rd, 8th St Rd, Beeham Run Rd, Birmingham Rd, Country Club Rd, Oakwood Rd, Broadhead Rd, Plainfield Rd, Freedom Rd are all classified as rural major collectors, and these routes were included in the grant.   The contract amount for this project is $1,299,741.30.  This work is funded 90% through an ODOT highway safety grant, and has a May 17, 2024 completion date.

J&J Bridge Co has been awarded the contract to replace the existing bridge along 8th St over Sarchett’s Run.  The new structure will be a precast reinforced concrete arch culvert on concrete footings with steel h-piles.  Other work items include minor roadway alignment.  The closure will be around mid-March, and will be closed for 75 days.  This project will cost $806,211, and is 100% funded through ODOT.

Infinity Natural Resources (formerly Utica Resources) is currently upgrading their haul route to the Stillions Pad on Soggy Run Rd.  This work includes culvert replacement, ditching, cement stabilization, and a new 3” asphalt surface on Ideal Rd (from Deerfield Rd to Soggy Run Rd) and Soggy Run Rd (from Ideal Rd to the Stillions Pad).  Also, Deerfield Rd (Ideal Rd to SR 265) will receive a 1.5” asphalt overlay.  This work should be completed by mid-April 2024.

Encino Energy will be upgrading Walhonding Rd this spring for a couple of pads along Walhonding Rd and Shriver Rd.  The truss bridge on Walhonding Rd will receive a deck replacement in mid-March to carry the additional heavy loads.  The bridge will be closed for at least 30 days.  Also, the bridge on Shriver Lane will be replaced with a box culvert this summer.  The borings have been completed on Shriver Rd and Walhonding Rd, and we anticipate these roads will need cement stabilization and a new asphalt surface.  This road work will take place this summer.

Melway Paving Co has been awarded two contracts; one contract to resurface 2.84 miles of Walhonding Rd (Shriver Lane to SR 285), and the other contract to resurface the following roads: 0.84 miles of Plainfield Rd (Old 21 Rd to Salt Fork Entrance), and 0.48 miles of Egress Rd (Salt Fork Entrance to Freedom Rd).  The resurfacing of Walhonding Rd will cost $564,056.25 which includes the following work items:  pavement repairs, 2” cold-mix overlay, chip seal surface, pavement markings, and berm widening.  Ohio Public Works Commission will be funding 50% of this work, and should be completed by September 6, 2024.  The Salt Fork Resurfacing project will cost $444,310 which includes resurfacing Plainfield Rd, Egress Rd, and a chip seal surface on Freedom Rd (Old 21 Rd to Egress Rd).  This project includes: pavement repairs, 2” cold-mix overlay, chip seal surface, pavement markings, and berm widening.  Freedom Rd will receive a chip seal surface.  The Ohio Department of Development will fund 76% of this project with a completion date of September 6, 2024.

Another resurfacing project that will be sold by the Guernsey County Engineer’s office in late March will be the resurfacing 4.45 miles of Pennyroyal Rd (from Fairview Corp to McCoy Rd).  This project consists of the following work items: pavement repairs, 2.25” asphalt overlay, raised pavement markings, thermoplastic pavement markings, centerline rumble strip, berm widening, and an asphalt rejuvenator.  The engineer’s estimate for this project is $1,264,454, and a completion date of September 27, 2024.  This project is funded through ODOT’s Oil and Shale program, and ODOT will be contributing $500,000 to the project and the county contributing the remaining $764,454.

Encino Energy will be strengthening Old National Rd and Larrick Ridge Rd this spring for a new well pad along Larrick Ridge Rd (approximately 1.43 miles north of Old National Rd).  This work consists of 1.5” asphalt overlay to 0.61 miles of Old National Rd and 1.43 miles of Larrick Ridge Rd.  Encino Energy will also finish placing a 1.25” asphalt surface to Institute Rd and Endley Rd later this year as part of the RUMA agreements to the Sparkman and Shugert Pads.

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