Lane closure planned for I-70 eastbound
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio —
The Ohio Department of Transportation is working its way toward completion of a massive interchange improvement project at State Route 331, U.S. 40 and I-70.
The bridge on I-70 eastbound over U.S. 40 is now complete five months after construction began, with the westbound side finalized last year.
Starting Wednesday night, ODOT will be moving traffic onto the newly constructed bridge to allow demolition of the old bridge over U.S. 40. I-70 eastbound will be reduced to one lane from 7 p.m. through 9 a.m. Thursday.
"We've completely replaced the bridge on I-70 eastbound and westbound,” said ODOT Project Engineer Cody Rouse.
The contraflow will remain in place during the demolition period - which is tentatively scheduled for next week.
"The lane closure tomorrow night is to basically switch traffic from the old bridge onto the new existing bridge. The traveling public will definitely notice a smoother ride throughout our zone once this is complete,” Rouse said.
Lane restrictions on Route 40 are scheduled to begin next week to allow for removal of the beams.
Work began in April 2016 on this $19.5 million major interchange improvement project to reduce congestion and improve safety.
Engineers estimate that the entire project will be wrapped this July.