Interstate 70 westbound lanes remain closed due to slope failure
Crews begin emergency repairs
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Thursday, May 31, 2012) – The two westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at Exit 220 that closed late Tuesday night due to a slope failure in Belmont County will remain closed a little longer while crews make emergency repairs.
ODOT engineers evaluated the site yesterday and mobilized Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co., from Powhatan Point, today to begin temporary repairs to stabilize the slope.
Officials anticipate reopening two of the three westbound lanes by Monday morning; however, the truck climbing lane will remain closed until a permanent repair can be designed and constructed.
One westbound lane is open to traffic. Eastbound lanes have not been affected.
Motorists are advised to use caution through this area and plan ahead for delays.
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