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Ohio Turnpike Sets 2017 Construction Work

January 31, 2017

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission has approved a $121.4 million capital budget for 2017 that includes construction projects in Northeast Ohio.

Ohio turnpikeThe budget calls for pavement replacement and resurfacing, bridge rehabilitation and an investment of $714,000 in technology to prepare for a time when vehicles will be able to communicate with each other and the roadway.

Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole said despite the road work there should be less congestion because there will be 25 percent fewer lane miles under construction.

“We heard loud and clear from our customers last summer. They want fewer orange barrels so we are carefully balancing customer preference with the pace of our program for improvements,”  Cole said in a statement.

To prepare for self-driving vehicles, the turnpike plans to deploy Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) (connected vehicle) technology.

This year it will be installed in the Boston and Amherst maintenance sections between mileposts 126.4 in Erie County (Berlin Township) and 187.5 in Portage County (Streetsboro).

Forty turnpike maintenance vehicles will be equipped with on-board units that will gather and supply data to managers monitoring the fleet’s activity.

Pavement replacement plans for 2017 include a 5-mile long section in the eastbound lanes in Sandusky County from milepost 90 to 95.9 (between Sandusky and Riley Townships).

Also slated to be replaced are 5-mile long sections in Erie County in the westbound lanes from milepost 107.3 to 112.45 (between Groton and Oxford Townships) and in Portage County from milepost 186.35 to 191.39 (between Streetsboro and Shalersville Township).

The pavement replacement budget for 2017 is $45.5 million.

Four 2017 resurfacing projects will cost $21.6 million. These projects will include resurfacing the pavement of the right and center lanes from milepost 69.3 to 74.15 (between Lake and Troy Townships) in Wood and Ottawa Counties and resurfacing all three lanes and both shoulders from milepost 136.1 to 144.1 in Lorain County (between Brownhelm and Elyria).

In Cuyahoga County, the left lane and left shoulder will be resurfaced from milepost 160.1 to 169.1 (between Strongsville and Broadview Heights) with construction taking place from August until October of 2017.

In addition, in Cuyahoga and Summit Counties, the interchange at Exit 173 (Akron/Cleveland) will undergo pavement reconstruction, repairs and resurfacing of select ramps from May through October.

The turnpike plans to spend  $16.6 billion in bridge repairs and rehabilitations.

The work includes deck replacements, miscellaneous bridge rehabilitations, and substructure repair at various sites, including five deck replacements and bridge removal at mileposts 122.3, 128.5, 132.4 138, 138.2 (bridge removal) and 145.8 in Erie and Lorain Counties.

In Cuyahoga County, the Ohio Route 252 bridge over the turnpike at milepost 156.9 (Olmsted Falls) will undergo a bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation.

In Summit and Portage Counties, bridge bearings, joints and decks will be replaced on overhead bridges at mileposts 178, 179.5 and 199.2.

In Mahoning County, six mainline bridges and one ramp bridge from milepost 222.8 to 232.9 will undergo bearing and deck joint replacements and two bridge deck replacements are planned at milepost 240.8 east and westbound.

Akron Central Interchange Ramps Closed

August 17, 2016

Akron motorists are adjusting to the closure of some ramps at the central interchange despite some slow traffic during rush hours.

Ramps were closed last week to accommodate a central interchange construction project.

ODOT 2The ramps that have closed or have reduced traffic include:

  •  I-76 between Grant Street and Inman Street is reduced to two lanes in each direction.
  •  The ramp from I-77 northbound to I-76 westbound is closed.
  •  The ramp from Route 8 southbound to I-77 northbound/I-76 westbound is closed.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use I-277 and U.S. Route 224 as a detour route.

ODOT estimates that the closures will force many of the 100,000 motorists who regularly use the central interchange to take detour routes.

The ramp closures are part of a $15.6 million project to remove three bridges on I-76/I-77 over Johnston Street. The work is expected to be completed by late July 2017.

The closures were delayed for more than week, ODOT said, because it didn’t have enough signs in place before the ramps closed.

Central Interchange Ramp Closings Delayed, Nightly Lane Closures Set to Begin on I-271

August 4, 2016

Akron motorists got a temporary reprieve this week when the Ohio Department of Transportation post-poned closure of some ramps in the central interchange.

ODOT 2Meanwhile, ODOT also began this week a rebuild of Interstate 271 in southern Cuyahoga County that will involve nightly lane closures.

The shutdowns in Akron’s central interchange involved the ramps from Ohio Route 8 southbound to I-76 westbound and from I-77 northbound to I-76 westbound.

In both cases, the ramps were closing due to a bridge removal project that is slated to last four months. ODOT did not say when the ramps will actually close.

The I-271 work is part of a project to replace pavement, add additional traffic lanes and reconstruct bridges.

The work zone extends from the Cuyahoga-Summit County line to Miles Road.

The nightly lane closures are to begin the week of Aug. 8. During that time, the speed limit will drop to 50 mph.

The speed limit will revert to the top speed of 60 mph during daytime hours when all lanes are open and construction workers are not present.

During the four-year project, I-271 will be expanded to three lanes between Miles and Columbus Roads and to five lanes between Columbus Road and the I-480/I-271 split.

Six bridges will be widened, two new bridges will be built and noise walls will be erected along the highway.

The I-271 widening overlaps a similar project underway on the highway in northern Summit County that is expected to be finished this fall.

Orange Barrels Sprouting on NE Ohio Roads

May 30, 2016

Looking for highway construction this summer? There will be no shortage of construction zones on the interstate highways of Northeast Ohio, particularly in Akron and Summit County. Here is a summary of projects that are either underway or expected to begin this year.

ODOT 2In Summit County, Interstate 76 is going to present a challenge to motorists with four separate projects in the works.

Two of the projects are already underway, but inconvenience has thus far been minimal. That is about to change.

Demolition has been underway for several weeks of a cluster of buildings that are being removed to make way for a new interchange of I-76/I-77 with South Broadway and South Main.

As part of this $149 million project, interchanges at Wolf Ledges Parkway and Grant Street will be closed. Work won’t be completed until October 2019.

Also underway is a $20 million project to remove three bridges on I-76/I-77 over Johnston Street in Akron.

However, work will ramp up in August with three ramps being closed. These include the Ohio
Route 8 ramp to westbound I-76, the I-77 northbound ramp to I-76 westbound, and the I-76 eastbound ramp to I-77 southbound.

During the project, which is expected to be finished in July 2017, two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained.

On June 3-4, the eastbound lanes of the Kenmore leg of I-76 will be closed for striping. The westbound legs will be striped after that.

When finished, the highway in both directions will expand from two to three lanes.

That project will also involve some changes in traffic patterns at the interchanges of I-76 and I-277/U.S. 224.

Starting in July, a $97.6 million project to widen I-76 from two to three lanes between Ohio Route 21 and Central Avenue in Norton and Barberton will get underway.

The work also include replacement of the pavement between Ohio 21 and the Summit-Medina county line. The project is expected to finish in July 2019.

Construction on I-271 will continue through 2020. Yes, you read that right.

Currently, work is underway to widen the road in Macedonia, including work on bridges and entrance/exit ramps. That $48.1 million project is finally set to end in October.

But by then another massive rebuilding of I-271 will be underway, starting in July. The road will be widened through Bedford, Bedford Heights, Oakwood and Warrensville Heights.

During the $117 million project, ODOT will maintain traffic in all three lanes of traffic in each direction.

Work in Richfield and Richfield Township to replace pavement and repair nine bridges on I-271 will continue this year and through July 2017. The $49.8 million project has been underway for the past few years.

Two projects will continue on I-80 near Youngstown. This includes a $102 million project to replace and widen the pavement in Mahoning County from four to six lanes. That work won’t be finished until July 2018.

A $13.2 million project to replace two bridges on I-80 over Mt. Everett Road in Trumbull County is expected to be finished this October.

I-90 is relatively free of road work this year, but construction continues on a $70.6 million project to replace pavement in Ashtabula County.

The $70.6 million project has been ongoing for the past few years and is expected to be finished in November.

The Ohio Turnpike is replacing pavement on a five-mile stretch from Streetsboro to Shalersville Township in Portage County. That work is slated to be finished in November.

Bridge work on the turnpike is also being done this year in Elyria Township in Lorain County while pavement is being replaced in Jackson and Austintown in Mahoning County.

U.S. 30 is being repaired and resurfaced between Canton and Ohio Route 43. That $13 million project also includes bridge work on I-77, U.S. 30 and U.S. Route 62. The project is projected to be finished in October.