Interstate 77 traffic delays expected next Wednesday morning for utility work

New Philadelphia, Ohio (Tuesday, April 1, 2014)In addition to construction work, Interstate 77 will be restricted briefly next Wednesday morning, April 9th, in Tuscarawas County for utility work.
Around 8 a.m., AEP will be removing an overhead line spanning the interstate at Joyce Hill Rd. (County Road 55) about three miles south of New Philadelphia.
Minimal traffic impacts are expected; however, traffic will be stopped in both directions for a maximum of 15 minutes. Motorists are urged to use caution and be prepared for slight delays.
Work began yesterday on the $3 million project to repair the I-77 bridges over CR 55. ODOT’s contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio, is building a crossover for traffic control during construction. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction with a barrel zone during this work expected to take about a month.
Once the permanent work zone is completed, four, 11-foot lanes of traffic will be maintained using a contraflow pattern – meaning two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction; however, one direction will be split. For example, one lane of southbound traffic will be crossed over onto I-77 northbound, while the second lane will remain on I-77 southbound. This is the same traffic pattern used on the I-77 construction project just north of Bolivar in Stark County.
The completion date for this $3 million project is November 2014.
Click HERE to view a map of the project area.
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
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