I-70 delays likely next week at Bridgeport for construction
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, May 6, 2015) – Weather permitting, traffic delays are likely next Monday and Tuesday, May 11th and 12th, on Interstate 70 westbound as part of the $9 million bridge replacement project at Marion Street (Exit 225) in Bridgeport.
During daytime hours, ODOT’s contractor, JD Williamson Construction Co. Inc., from Tallmadge, Ohio, will be setting the new bridge beams on Marion Street over the westbound lanes of the highway, requiring short duration closures by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Traffic is expected to be slowed to a stop throughout the day for up to 15 minutes at a time.
The same thing will likely occur in the eastbound direction later in the week.
The Marion Street bridge is closed to traffic as well as the westbound on ramp to I-70, and both the I-70 eastbound ramps. The westbound off ramp remains open.
Local northbound traffic wanting to access I-70 eastbound is detoured to Wheeling Island. Local traffic is detoured on U.S. 40 from Bridgeport to the Belmont County Road 214 Exit. Access to Bridgeport continues to 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.
The completion date for this project 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.