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US 224 construction caused long backups today

Published: Sat, July 27, 2013 @ 9:46 p.m.

Staff Report


Traffic crawled to a standstill in some places Saturday because of lane restrictions for U.S. Route 224 road construction.

Poland Village endured traffic backed up all through the village Saturday — the first full day of lane restrictions on U.S. 224 as well as access to I-680.

Mayor Tim Sicafuse was surprised at the effect of the construction, which he knows all too well as his Poland insurance company sits right at 224 and 680.

“I was surprised at the backups today. We will monitor it and see what we can do,” he said Saturday, noting it is first a state project and state jurisdiction.

Key to the clog for Poland was the tandem effect of single-lane U.S. 224 traffic and the closing of the northbound entrance to I-680 for drivers headed toward downtown Youngstown.

To reach that northbound I-680, drivers leaving Poland must now make a left turn across eastbound 224 traffic to enter I-680.

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1redeye1(5351 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Plain and simple It's just another Odot complete screw up. They would screw up a wet dream

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2rickking123(322 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

To improve traffic flow left turns onto 680 north should not be allowed. Close the ramps, get the job done as quickly as possible and then get out of there ODOT.

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