Interstate 70 eastbound traffic changes expected Saturday
Motorists urged to plan ahead to avoid delays
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, November 12, 2014) – Weather permitting, Interstate 70 eastbound traffic will be returned to its own lanes this Saturday, November 15th, at the State Route 9 (Exit 216) in Belmont County.
Eastbound traffic has been crossed over onto the westbound side of the highway since August 2014 to allow for construction of the $9.7 million bridge replacement project that began in March 2013.
This move will require eastbound lane closures and possible intermittent rolling road blocks in the eastbound lanes. This process is expected to take most of the day to complete.
Motorists are urged to use caution and alternate routes, if possible, to avoid delays.
ODOT’s contractor for this project, which included the rehabilitation of the I-70 bridge over SR 9 at St. Clairsville, lengthening the westbound I-70 on-ramp from SR 9, and replacing the bridge that carries I-70 over the National Road Bikeway and Chambers Run is Beaver Excavating Company, from Canton, Ohio.
Due to weather delays, this project will not be completed this year. Some work will remain next spring, such as widening on SR 9, I-70 surface paving, and final pavement markings.
Click HERE to view a map of the project area.
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