Guernsey County Highway Department
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.
Paul Sherry P.E., P.S.
62782 Bennett Ave. Cambridge, OH 43725
Monday – Friday
7:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Summer 2021 Construction Update
Submitted by Paul E. Sherry, Guernsey County Engineer
Despite the rain we have been able to make progress on the grader ditching throughout the county. We have completed grader ditching on Seminary, Salt, Earley, Oxford, Putney Ridge, and Greenlawn roads. As we continue this process, we will be moving to Johnson Mill, Pisgah and Hoover next. This process is very important as good drainage is the key to having a better road, whether it is gravel or paved. Unfortunately, this operation is very messy, either dusty or muddy depending on the weather. Nonetheless, it is an important process to prepare the roads for the fall grading in order to endure the winter months.
Mowing crews will return next week to make their second round of mowing. During this round, and also in the third, a much wider, up to 12-foot, pass will be made as topography allows. This is typically performed by two mowers running together with one warning truck following the operation. One tractor will mow from the edge of the road to the ditch, while the other mows from the ditch up the bank. County long arm mowers are still operating to get the furthest growth to the edge of the road right-of-way (ROW), typically 18’ from the edge of pavement. If a fence is erroneously constructed in the ROW, it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep the fence line clear and free of vegetation.
Also delayed by weather, is our guardrail spraying crew. They should begin operations next week, covering all the guardrail along county roads in about one week. One advantage to the late start is that fewer weeds and grass should return in the fall. Fortunately, both processes should be completed by the end of June, relatively fresh for the 4th of July weekend.
Melway Paving is wrapping up our secondary road improvement project with the final sealing of the roads starting the week of the 21st. This process is relatively quick and should be completed by the end of June. This process is a total reconstruction process that gives us options to repair and improve roads that have gone past their useful life. If funding is available, this has potential to greatly improve our low volume secondary roads.
Shelly and Sands has been awarded the $1,316,000 project for road repairs and asphalt resurfacing of CR 73, also known as Fairgrounds Road, beginning in July. The current work at US 22 and Fairgrounds Road is a joint project with ODOT and Ascent Resources for new well pad development. The improvements of the remainder of the road are made possible by a $500,000 grant the County Engineer’s office attained from ODOT for roads that have been indirectly impacted by Oil and Gas traffic.
On deck for this fall is the resurfacing of High Hill and Georgetown Roads and the replacement of a truss bridge on Pigeon Gap Road, both partially funded by grants attained by our office. Maintenance work to start later this summer also includes the microsurfacing of Byesville Road and crack sealing of Larrick Ridge, Skyline, Fairdale, and Prophecy Roads.
As always, please drive safely and take extra time and caution in areas with ongoing work. For the most up to date information, road closures and other resources, please check our website at www.guernseycountyengineer.com .
Click the picture below to see the multiple projects