ODOT has begun a $7.3 million project to improve the intersection of US Route 42 at State Route 96/US Route 250 (East Main Street) in the City of Ashland.
The project will remove the US 42 bridge, lower US 42 and create a signalized intersection at East Main Street. The area will be widened to provide additional through and turning lanes on the intersection approaches. Davis Road will also be closed and cul-de-sac'ed at East Main Street. Sidewalks will also be added along SR 96 and US 250.
History: Recent safety inspections found that the US 42 bridge needed to be repaired or replaced, mostly due to age. Crash rates at the interchange area were also higher than the state and county averages. Traffic has also been very congested at the interchange ramps, especially as traffic volumes have continued to grow.