Exit 213 delays planned in Belmont County


Ohio Department of Transportation engineers say more delays are planned for drivers at the multi-million-dollar ongoing construction project at exit 213 in Belmont County.

Starting early next week, drivers should expect to re-route for a scheduled traffic pattern change at the busy intersection.

The Interstate 70 eastbound off-ramp at the ongoing $19.5 million, State Route 331 interchange improvement project will be closed beginning Monday, Aug. 14, for 2 weeks.

Eastbound I-70 traffic will be detoured to exit 208 at Morristown, then north on State Route 149 to U.S. 40 east and to State Route 331.

The off-ramp is expected to re-open by Monday, Aug. 28, but ODOT engineer Brett Porter says traffic restrictions at the section of U.S. 40 from the 331 interchange to the onramp toIi-70 will remain in place for the next several months.

"The same as right now,” he said. “We have traffic on 40 through that area eastbound only. We can expect that to continue until late November."

Work began last April on the major interchange improvement project, which is intended to reduce congestion and improve safety.

The current completion date for all work at the intersection is late July 2018.

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