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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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