Interstate 70 traffic east of Barnesville Exit to switch sides next week
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Monday, August 03, 2015) – Weather permitting, the contraflow pattern on Interstate 70 east of the State Route 800/Barnesville Exit in Belmont County will switch sides next Monday, August 10th.
Three lanes of traffic will be shifted onto the westbound side of the highway, leaving one on the eastbound side. A contraflow pattern simply means two lanes of traffic in each direction, but one direction is split. One lane of westbound traffic has been crossed over onto I-70 eastbound, while the second lane remained on I-70 westbound since earlier this year.
This $5.1 million project, which began late last year, involves the rehabilitation of the east and westbound bridges over Spencer Creek, and the removal of the east and west pair of bridges over an abandoned railroad bed just east of Exit 202.
ODOT’s contractor is Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio, and the completion date for the project is May 2016.
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