Interstate 70 and State Route 79 to be restricted for interchange reconfiguration project
Jacksontown, Ohio (Tuesday, May 28, 2013)Work is set to begin next Monday, June 3rd, on the safety reconfiguration of the Interstate 70 and State Route 79 Interchange (Buckeye Lake/ Newark Interchange) Exit’s 129 A & B in Licking County.
 
This project will affect traffic on both I-70 and SR 79 with various restrictions and ramp closures throughout the project. The following bullets provide a brief, tentative timeline to upcoming work for the next several weeks:
 
Ø  Monday, June 3rd :
o   I-70 eastbound  Exit 129 A (exit for SR 79 southbound) restricted to 11-foot width
o   I-70 westbound Exit 129 B (exit for SR 79 northbound) restricted to 11-foot width
o   SR 79 northbound will be reduced to one lane
 
Ø  Monday, June 10th :
o   SR 79 northbound will be reduced to one lane
 
Ø  Monday, June 17th :
o   SR 79 southbound will be reduced to one lane
o   I-70 eastbound Exit 129 A (exit for SR 79 southbound)  will be closed for 14 days for resurfacing and widening of the exit ramp; motorists will be detoured on I-70 east to Exit 126 (SR 37), then south on SR 37 to SR 79, and reverse.
Ø  July
o   Early July: Exit 129 B (exit for SR 79 northbound) will be closed for14 days for resurfacing and widening of the exit ramp.
o   Late July: SR 79 north entrance ramp to I-70 westbound will experience a similar closure. 
* Each closure will not exceed 14 days and will not overlap.
Ø  August
o   The loop ramps for I-70 eastbound Exit 129 A (for SR 79 south) and the westbound Exit 129 B (for SR 79 north) will be closed permanently by the end of August upon the completion of the upgrades to the Exit’s 129 A and B off ramps.
Upon completion, the  I-70 and SR 79 Interchange will permanently become, and read, Exit 129 (for SR 79/ Buckeye Lake/ Newark).
 
As this project progresses, information will be updated for work which may affect traffic.
 
The contractor for this $2.3 million project is Double Z Construction, from Columbus, Ohio, and completion is set for December, 31, 2013.
 
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Lauren Holdsworth, Public Information Specialist, at (740) 323-5204
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