By AMY GAREIS
News-Herald Staff Writer
CADIZ – Harrison County officials were presented with more than $280,000 in state aid at the conclusion of a major road safety improvement project near Freeport.
Commissioners and county Engineer Rob Sterling took part in a presentation during the regular meeting on Wednesday with representatives of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, Ohio Department of Transportation District 11, Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association and Rosebud Mining Co. A $504,000 project has been completed along 1.6 miles of County Road 10, or Birmingham Road, and work entailed reconstructing the route from U.S. 800 to a bridge over Crab Orchard Creek, doing full-depth base reclamation with widening and new asphalt to improve safety and allow for the transport of coal from Rosebud’s Vail Mine to the company’s wash plant in Tuscarawas County. As a result of the project, the mine will create 45 full-time positions with a potential for more in the future.
Harrison County received a $107,000 grant from the State Appalachian Development Program, $175,000 from the Ohio Department of Transportation and a $175,000 Roadway 629 grant for the project.
GOA Director Jason Wilson said the public and private partnership proves that good things happen when everyone works together. A local resident and former state senator, Wilson said he had ties to Harrison County and recalled visiting area spots. He recalled the apex of the coal industry with the Gem of Egypt crossing Ohio 9 in bygone years.
“Times change. Things move on. New opportunities come before us, and here I think we have a perfect example and I think that’s what this project represents,” Wilson added. “It’s how we transition from what we used to do to what we’re going to do and what we will do in the future and how we diversify our economy, whether it’s here in Harrison County or whether it’s in the state. We appreciate and respect those who have mined coal…but there’s also this new opportunity for coal and gas.”
Wilson said the bottom line was bringing the two together to create jobs.
Pictured are, from left, Dana Sotor, project manager for Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA); Jason Wilson, director of the Governor’s Office of Appalachia; county Commissioners Dale Norris, Don Bethel (back) and Bill Host; Lloyd MacAdam, deputy director of ODOT District 11; and county Engineer Rob Sterling.
See this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald for more details.
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