I-70 westbound to be reduced to one lane next Wednesday morning
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) –Interstate 70 westbound will be reduced to one lane between 5 a.m. and noon next Wednesday morning, June 19th, as part of the slope repair project near Exit 220 in Belmont County.
Work began in February to build a retaining wall outside of the westbound I-70 truck lane just east of the U.S. Route 40 off-ramp. A slope failure caused the lane to be closed last May.
ODOT’s contractor, Ohio-West Virginia Excavating Co., from Powhatan Point, is erecting a drilled shaft retaining wall behind the existing guardrail and reconstructing the truck lane. Additionally, the drainage will be modified and diverted away from the failed area to the next culvert downgrade.
Two lanes will be reopened to westbound traffic by noon Wednesday; however, the truck lane will remain closed during construction. Eastbound traffic should not be affected by this work.
All work is expected to be completed on this $2 million project this summer.
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