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Long-closed turning lane to re-open in Steubenville

The Left-hand turning lane at the busy intersection from Ohio 7 to University Boulevard in Steubenville has been closed off to northbound drivers for more than a year.

Come Monday, officials say that will change.

The Left-hand turning lane at the busy intersection from Ohio 7 to University Boulevard in Steubenville has been closed off to northbound drivers for more than a year.

Come Monday, officials say that will change.

The bulk of construction will be coming to an end as the winter months approach, so there will be no need to make drivers go out of their way on the current detour.

On Monday, the left-hand turning lane will be restored for quicker access to University Boulevard and the Veterans Bridge, and it will also restore Ohio 7 traffic to what drivers are accustomed to.

“We wanted to alleviate the detour for the winter months,” Ohio Department of Transportation Project Engineer Zach Evick said. “Like I said, without any work going on in the winter, we just felt the need to open up traffic and to restore two lanes in each direction.”

The intersection will be closed again when the spring weather rolls in and construction picks back up.

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