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Work starts on replacing Ohio 79 bridge over I-70

JACKSONTOWN – One lane has been closed in each direction on Ohio 79 at I-70 Interchange.

Double Z Construction is the prime contractor for this project to replace the Ohio 79 bridge over I-70. One lane will be maintained on Ohio 79 in each direction for the duration of the project.

Work started March 27 to prepare for demolition of part of the bridge later this month. Demolition will require a 24 hour closure of the ramps from Ohio 79 to I-70 and from I-70 to Ohio 79. There will also be rolling short closures (15 minutes) of I-70 for the demolition of the structure and erecting of the steel beams. Dates and times of these closures will be announced at a later date. The estimated completion date is November 15th, 2017. Cost is $2,655,860.26.

ODOT announced another near-record year of construction statewide last week.

This year, the Ohio Department of Transportation will invest $2.3 billion into the state’s roads and bridges, just shy of the record-$2.4 billion investments made in 2014 and 2015.

This construction season will include 1,098 projects, 26 valued at more than $10 million. Workers will pave 6,945 miles of roadway – enough for a two-lane road from Seattle to Key West, and repair or replace 1,281 bridges.

“Our transportation network is Ohio’s greatest man-made asset, and it is our duty to ensure it is in the best condition possible. That’s why 93 cents of every dollar we’re spending on roads and bridges this year will go to preservation,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

Safety is always the top priority, and this year’s construction program will include 191 projects aimed at making our roadways safer. These projects range from reconfigured intersections to additional signage and signals.

“We have seen an increase in the number of traffic deaths in Ohio over the last three years, and we are working hard to reverse this disturbing trend,” Wray said.

ODOT is also working to make the existing system work more efficiently by leveraging technology like the OHGO app, intelligent transportation systems, and recently-approved variable speed limits and smart mobility corridors.

Last year, there were 6,041 crashes in work zones resulting in 28 deaths, 186 serious injuries, and 810 minor injuries. The top cause of work zone crashes is following too close. Drivers need to pay extra attention and follow signs and directions in work zones to ensure the safety of workers and motorists.

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