Buckeye Lake Interchange (I-70/SR 79) – upcoming restrictions and ramp closure
Jacksontown, Ohio (Monday, October 28, 2013) – Traffic will be restricted over the next two weeks at the Buckeye Lake/Newark (I-70/SR 79) Interchange in Licking County in order for work to progress on the safety reconfiguration project that began this summer. These restrictions include a ramp closure which begins next Monday, November 4.
The following bullets provide a brief, tentative timeline to upcoming work and project updates for the next two weeks:
· Tuesday, October 28 – I-70 westbound traffic restricted at SR 79 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Thursday, October 31 – I-70 westbound traffic restricted at SR 79 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Monday, November 4 –
o SR 79 north on-ramp for I-70 westbound will close for 5 days
§ Traffic will detour via SR 79 to U.S. 40 to SR 37 to I-70
o I-70 westbound traffic experience a slight shift in travel towards the median, motorists are advised that the speed limit on I-70 will also be reduced to 55 mph from SR 79 through the Canal Rd. bridge replacement project located just east of SR 158
o SR 79 northwest and southeast off-ramp loops will close permanently
o The signals will be active by 11/4; the signals will remain operating in a flash sequence until this time.
Motorists are urged plan ahead to avoid any possible delays associated with this work and to drive with caution through this area, obeying all posted signs related to construction. All work is weather permitting.
Upon completion of this project, this interchange will permanently become, and read, Exit 129 (for SR 79/ Buckeye Lake/ Newark).
The contractor for this $2.3 million project is Double Z Construction and the completion date is December, 31, 2013.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For additional information, please contact:
Lauren Holdsworth, Public Information Officer, at (740) 323-5204
or email D05.PIO@dot.state.oh.us