Interstate 70 Westbound Rest Area in Belmont County to be Closed for Highway Project
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, June 30, 2010) – The Interstate 70 westbound rest area and Travel Information Center at Exit 210 in Belmont County will be closed at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, July 12th, as part of the $23 million, five-mile major upgrade of the interstate.
It is expected to reopen early next year. However, the eastbound rest area that closed in May will remain closed throughout the duration of the highway project -- fall of 2011.
ODOT's Appalachian Gateway Travel Information Center will be temporarily relocated to the I-70 eastbound rest area at Exit 189 near Old Washington in Guernsey County.
While the rest areas are closed, ODOT will be upgrading the facilities to include new floors, new roof, new plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical systems and lighting, the addition of a family restroom, and new sidewalk.
Since the end of March, ODOT's contractor, Kokosing Construction Company, from Columbus, Ohio, has been preparing the median and eastbound lanes to allow for the maintenance of traffic. They will be reconstructing the westbound lanes this year, and the eastbound lanes next year.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times.
The completion date for this 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.