Ohio careful in putting bypass through forest

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Officials working on a new bypass road that cuts through a national forest in southeast Ohio say the state is spending more than $10 million to make sure wildlife and the environment are protected.

The $175 million Nelsonville bypass on U.S. 33 is expected to be completed this fall.

Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman David Rose tells The Athens Messenger (http://bit.ly/1bBKvqm ) that extraordinary measures have been taken to mitigate the impact of putting a highway through Wayne National Forest.

State officials dealt with wildlife, plant life, recreation, aesthetics, water and soil and mine acid drainage in building the four-lane highway through Ohio’s only national forest.

U.S. 33 is heavily used by motorists traveling to Ohio University in Athens from points all over the state.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/

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