No More Day Restrictions on I-70

by Emily Baird on August 11, 2010 at 6:32 am

The Ohio Department of Transportation is announcing a new plan for the Interstate 70 repaving project.

Drivers will no longer run into daytime restrictions.

"We witnessed a lot of backup. So, some people decided to take State Route 40 and State Route 22. There was other options available for them, " says ODOT spokeswoman, Kate Stickle.

But the construction continued to cause miles of back-up. So ODOT spoke with crews, who decided that working at night may be the better option. The only concern though is that drivers will have less visibility at night in construction zones.

"It’s important that drivers be aware where they’re at. Give the road your undivided attention and just look out for the people that have to go home to their families at night or in the morning, " says Stickle.

Stickle says the project is on-schedule. The final layer of asphalt will be laid in the westbound lanes within the next two weeks so crews can start tending to the eastbound lanes. The $7 million project is expected to be completed by the end of October and will affect a nine mile stretch of Interstate 70 in Muskingum County.