2011-09-24 / News

Old Man’s Cave improvements set

COLUMBUS – Visitors to Old Man’s Cave at Hocking Hills State Park will begin to see construction activity as a project to reroute State Route 664 gets underway, the project to re-route State Route 664 for increased pedestrian safety is underway, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

Current construction activity includes clearing while grading will begin in October. The $6.6 million project is scheduled to be completed in October 2012.

The road is being relocated north of its present location between the park office and the entrance to the day lodge as a pedestrian safety measure. With the relocation, visitors will not have to cross the busy roadway now located between the parking lot and the park’s visitor center and trails.

The parking lot will be improved by adding a bus lane for passenger drop-offs and pick-ups and will feature a new plaza gateway to the visitor center and the trails.

The project will also address the environmental issue of runoff from the parking lot that now drains directly into the gorge. It will instead drain into newly constructed retention basins that will filter water through plants and soil and help control flooding. The new roadway will also bridge streams in order not to alter their present course.

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