NELSONVILLE, OHIO: 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 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.