2013-10-05 / News

Road construction season continues

By Scott Rawdon

JACKSONTOWN – It’s not over yet. Even though the leaves are turning, the orange barrels won’t wilt as local road construction continues at least through November.

The replacement of the I-70 bridge over Canal Road won’t be complete until Nov. 30, 2014. The contractor recently shifted eastbound I-70 traffic to the median so that the existing bridge deck can be removed for replacement. When that’s done, westbound traffic will be moved to the median.

One project is just starting. Resurfacing of Ohio 360 was to start Thursday. This project also includes resurfacing work on Ohio 79, which will begin next spring.

Portions of Ohio 360 will be resurfaced from the Ohio 79 intersections. Flaggers will maintain traffic. This portion of the project will be completed by November 30.

Work on Ohio 79 will begin next spring to resurface more than six miles of Ohio 79 from just south of Hebron through the I-70 interchange to its end at Ohio 37.

The Shelly Company is ODOT’s contractor for this $2.7 million project and the completion date is Aug. 31, 2014.

ODOT District 5 communications officer Lauren Holdsworth said the I-70 and Ohio 79 interchange project is on schedule. Signal poles have been installed for the new traffic lights that will allow exiting traffic to make both right and left hand turns at the end of the exit ramps.

That will allow the two loop exits to be closed which should be occur in the next three weeks, weather permitting. These exits required vehicles to maneuver between traffic exiting and entering the highway, causing some severe sideswipe and run-off-the-road crashes.

In other words, I-70 eastbound traffic will exit on the ramp that currently handles only traffic going to the Village of Buckeye Lake. When the project is complete, all eastbound traffic to Ohio 79 will use that exit and, under direction of traffic signals, will turn either direction to go toward Buckeye Lake or Hebron.

Similarly, all westbound I-70 traffic exiting to Ohio 79 will use the ramp that currently directs traffic toward Hebron. A new traffic light will allow that traffic to go either to Buckeye Lake or Hebron.

The completion date is still Nov. 30. The contractor for this $2.3 million project is Double Z Construction, of Columbus.

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