NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Construction signs for upcoming pavement work are expected to be up after Monday, May 17 on Routes 258 and 342 in both Harrison and Tuscarawas counties.

Over 11 miles of Route 258 will be chip sealed from Route 800 to the junction of Route 342, and over four miles of Route 342 will be chip sealed from Freeport to the Guernsey County line. Traffic will be maintained with flaggers.

District 11 Deputy Director Dick Bible, P.E., said, "Chip sealing is a common pavement maintenance practice that extends pavement life and provides a good driving surface at both one fourth to one third the cost of a conventional asphalt overlay. It's a great pavement treatment on low traffic routes because it extends the time between asphalt overlays, resulting in lower costs over the long term."

Chip seals also eliminate the need to crack seal, provides an effective moisture barrier for the underlying pavement against water intrusion, and prevents deterioration of the asphalt surface from the effects of aging and oxidation due to water and sun.

Physical work is expected to begin the week of May 24.

ODOT's contractor for this $499,362 project, Shelly Company from Twinsburg, and completion date is mid-September 2010.