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Don’t expect I-680 construction slowdowns to end anytime soon



Published: Sun, April 15, 2012 @ 2:42 p.m.

Don’t expect I-680 construction slowdowns to end anytime soon

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The orange barrels and traffic pattern changes on Interstate 680 aren’t going away anytime soon.

Two bridge projects costing about $19 million — the majority of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s $25 million for Mahoning County construction plans — are ongoing.

“You’re getting 13 bridges repaired pretty heavily,” said Justin Chesnic, spokesman for ODOT District 4.

The smaller project is to provide concrete overlays to six bridges on I-680 between U.S. Route 224 and South Avenue. That project has caused I-680 to be reduced to two lanes in each direction over Midlothian Boulevard and two ramp closures: the I-680 southbound exit to Midlothian Boulevard and I-680 northbound on ramp, which is accessed when drivers are heading east on Midlothian.

“With the concrete overlays, you’re looking at the driving surface on the bridges. They weren’t on the best shape. Structurally, the bridge is fine,” Chesnic said.

The project cost for that is $4.5 million and the entire project should be done in October, he said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1paulydel(1296 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

At least its getting done. You can't expect these jobs to get done overnight. Concrete has to cure and the thicker it is the longer it takes. They act like October is years away.

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2jbyrd1960(49 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

You got to be joking if you think October is ok. There union workers so they will milk the job. Go down south and they do more road work in one night then these lazy jerks do in a month.

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3jeepers(127 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Great-wish I used that section of highway more than 3 times a yr.How about the other 50 miles of pothole ravaged roads we use? I just spent a small fortune replacing front-end parts and every drive is destroying them faster than I can ever remember. Mildest winter in my 50 yrs of driving, $3.89/ gal.of gas=fewer good roads in the whole area. It would be quicker to list smooth roadways.Glad that something is being fixed.

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4thewave(38 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Dont' forget the LAW...LIGHTS ON when in a construction zone, OBEY the Speed Limit, and DON'T CHANGE LINES in the construction zone!!!

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5thewave(38 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

woops...that should read... DON'T CHANGE LANES in the Construction Zone (Un-Dashed White Lane lines mean something!!!)

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6DontBanThisDrone(467 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Gotta take the rain to see a rainbow. :)

After salaries, benefits, and pension obligations, there's just not all that much left to do anything else.

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