Marion Street to be completely closed Monday in Bridgeport
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, March 4, 2015) – To speed up construction on the $9 million bridge replacement project at Marion Street (Exit 225) in Bridgeport, Marion Street is going to be closed to traffic completely next Monday, March 9th, including the Interstate 70 eastbound on ramp.
The bridge was closed to southbound traffic in January, leaving only one lane open for northbound vehicles. After hearing numerous concerns over slow progress and little traffic using the one-way pattern, ODOT, local officials, and area businesses have agreed to close the bridge completely for the remainder of the project.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam said, “Closing the Marion Street Bridge for the remainder of this work allows our contractor complete access to the bridge, eliminating the need to maintain traffic across it. It opens up opportunities to explore project acceleration that would not be there if the bridge remained open.”
The westbound off ramp will remain open, and the westbound on ramp will still open in July as planned, weather permitting.
Local northbound traffic wanting to access I-70 eastbound will have to go to Wheeling Island. Marion Street southbound traffic will continue to be detoured on U.S. 40 to South Lincoln Avenue (7A) back to Howard Street. The I-70 eastbound exit ramp bridge was closed in January, and that local traffic remains detoured on U.S. 40 from Bridgeport to the Belmont County Road 214 Exit. Access to Bridgeport will continue be maintained; however, thru truck traffic is encouraged to use I-470 to avoid congestion and possible delays.
Three structures are being replaced as part of this project, including the Marion Street bridge over I-70 and the eastbound on and off ramp structures to I-70.
ODOT’s contractor is JD Williamson Construction Co. Inc., from Tallmadge, Ohio, and the completion date is mid-November 2015.
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 more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us