DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An I-75 exit ramp in Downtown Dayton is closing for construction and it’s impacting a lot of drivers and businesses over the next six months.
Starting tomorrow, the I-75 north exit ramp to U.S. 35 West toward Eaton will be shutting down. It’ll be closed until October 31st, and during that time the thousands of drivers that pass through here every day will have to find a new route for getting around.
For drivers traveling northbound on I-75, you’ll no longer be able to exit on U.S. 35 West toward Eaton. Instead, you’ll have to exit in the opposite direction on U.S. 35 East toward Xenia.
The closure is part of ODOT’s $71 million I-75 modernization project. And just this week, O-DOT officials announced the program is ahead of schedule and under budget.
The detour will re-route drivers to follow the Jefferson Street exit. From there, you go straight down Washington Street. When you hit Ludlow, take a left and the right to merge back on to U.S. 35 West.
Ahmed Albukhatra–manager and chef at Sharks Fish and Chicken– says this isn’t the first time road construction has affected business.
He first heard the news of the ramp closure from customers.
“They say when they call they’re not going to get there in time and I say what reason and they say it’s the highway closed sometimes,” Albukhatra said. “I say I don’t know that. I heard that from customers so I don’t see it yet because I don’t go that way.”
Albukhatra says at this point he’s not sure how much of toll the 6-month closure could take on his business.
“It’ll be affecting us I mean big time especially who have to travel,” Albukhatra said. “Sometimes they call me several call me from Cincinnati. They work in Cincinnati but they live in Dayton.”
He says he’s just hoping those customers make the extra trip to come by.
“On their way home they always get an order and I get them ready,” Albukhatra said. “It won’t be the same.”