Construction begins on I-70 expansion

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Orange barrels now line part of I-70 through Clark County.

A $17.5 million project to expand part of the highway is slated to begin as part of a statewide initiative to improve roads.

“They’ve been talking about it for years,” said Doug Mumma who lives in Clark County. “It’s about time. As much traffic goes through the state, it’s a good idea.”

Construction crews are officially beginning to expand this section of I-70 from Enon Road to the US-68 intersection.

“I-70 is an interstate that has a lot of areas that are three lanes in both directions,” said Mandi Dillon, public information officer for ODOT’s District 7. “But there are still a few places where it merges back down into two lanes. This is going to eliminate one of those spots and will help with heavier traffic volume flow.”

It is a small part of Governor Kasich’s $3 billion plan to improve Ohio’s roadways.The state is issuing bonds backed by the Turnpike system in the northern part of the state.

That is allowing for some major highway projects to get started years in advance. Otherwise, travelers on I-70 wouldn’t see construction start here for another 13 years.

“They say it’ll be a year,” said Mumma. “You know it’ll be a lot longer than that. But hopefully it takes a year. Hopefully they get good weather and they get through it.”

I-70 westbound near I-675 will have a single lane closure March 27 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Two westbound lanes will remain open. The ramp to I-675 will also remain open.

I-70 eastbound and westbound between Enon Road and US 68, nightly lane closures are scheduled for March 24 through April 1 between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Work will take place 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday – Thursday and 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Friday – Saturday. One lane will remain open in each direction.

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