U.S. 224 bridge project delayed

This weekend’s expected closure of the U.S. 224 bridge over Interstate 75 has been delayed a week.
Demolition of the bridge’s southern half is now tentatively scheduled for the March 7 weekend.
A change in weather necessitated the shift, said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
“Weather caused the delay of the original scheduled demolition and could likely factor in again,” Slusher said.
When demolition occurs, the bridge will be closed and the Interstate 75 exit and entrance ramps will become the lanes of I-75. Interstate traffic will be directed up and over the ramps.
The work is now scheduled from 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, through 6 a.m. March 10. U.S. 224 traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 12 and Ohio 235.
I-75 lane closures are also expected next week from about 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. for temporary striping and placement of a concrete barrier. The lanes on the interstate will be shifted slightly.
Also, U.S. 224 will be one lane in each direction next week from west of I-75 to Broad Avenue. Bridge traffic will be shifted to the northern half of the bridge and be reduced to two lanes.
The interchange project will replace the U.S. 224 bridge at I-75, add a sixth lane to the bridge, reconstruct ramps, replace traffic signals and construct a sidewalk.


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