Projects

US Route 33 Nelsonville Bypass thru the Wayne NF

Brochure on the Effects of the Bypass on Trails

Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Bypass

The US Route 33 Bypass will be a four-lane divided, limited access highway beginning at the four-lane near Haydenville and traverse thru portions of the Wayne as it by-passes Nelsonville to the north.  It will connect to the four-lane section near Doanville.  This is a distance of 8.5 miles with approximately 4.5 miles affecting lands within the Wayne NF.   

WHEN:

PHASE ONE --- (CENTER PORTION) DORR RUN ROAD AREA

·       Approximately 1.75 miles, 2000’ west Twp. Rd. 346 to 2000’ east of State Route 278, just north of the western portion of Nelsonville

·       Earthwork and drainage for interchange, complete access road

·       Approximately 24 million dollars

·       Bid letting: August 29, 2007

·       2 years construction, complete in November, 2009

PHASE TWO --- (WESTERN PORTION) HAYDENVILLE TO SR 278

·       Earthwork, bridges and finished pavement from western end to State Route 278

·       Approximately 54 million dollars

·       Expected bid letting: July 2011

·       2 years construction, complete in November 2013 (Expected to open to traffic west end to new access Road in 2013)

PHASE THREE --- (EASTERN PORTION) SR 278 to DOANVILLE

·       Earthwork, bridges and finished pavement from State Route 278 thru eastern terminus, near Doanville

·       Approximately 100 million dollars

·       Expected bid letting: October 2014

·       3 years construction, complete and open to traffic in November, 2017

WHY:

As a cooperator to a national memorandum of understanding, the Forest Service must allow the use of public lands for highway purposes.  The Forest Service remains obligated to protect the public interests in natural resources and recreational opportunities.  Likewise, the Federal Highway Administration is required to avoid and/or minimize impacts to the resources of the Forest.  The Ohio Department of Transportation, as the highway agent, has been sensitive to unavoidable Forest impacts throughout the project’s development.  As a result, their mitigation program has been exemplary.  The Wayne National Forest staff has made every effort to prepare for the coming changes.  Consequently, the collaborative efforts of the FHWA, FS, and ODOT have yielded significant beneficial results in all areas. 

The civil engineer liaison for the Forest Service on this project is Bob Kerber; please call him with any questions at 740-753-0913.