Work to begin on Interstate 70 Major Upgrade in Belmont County Monday Night
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, March 24, 2009) – Work will begin on the $23 million, five-mile major upgrade of Interstate 70 in Belmont County, stretching 2.5 miles on each side of Exit 208, next Monday night, March 29th.
ODOT's contractor, Kokosing Construction Company, from Columbus, Ohio, plans to begin work by rebuilding the outside shoulder of the eastbound lanes to allow for the maintenance of traffic.
ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Richard Bible, P.E. said, "To minimize the inconvenience this work will have on motorists, we've restricted the lane closures to nighttime hours."
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times except for permitted lane closures at night between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.
In addition to constructing five miles of new concrete pavement, the project also includes the replacement and repair of four bridge decks and substructures within the work zone – two in each direction.
The contractor plans to reconstruct the westbound lanes this year and the eastbound lanes next year. The completion date for the project is October 31, 2011.
ODOT reminds motorists to SLOW DOWN for the "Cone Zone;" turn on headlights and drive carefully in work zones. Drive responsibly for your safety and the safety of the highway workers. Remember, fines in work zones are doubled for not obeying traffic signs. Minimize distractions – turn OFF cell phones in construction zones. Remember to always buckle up.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.