Major roadway construction will continue to keep the 435 bypass at Interstate 71 congested for months as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) completes scheduled work.
Paying a visit to stop 35 near Jeffersonville might be a bit hectic this year as ODOT has issued statements recently saying work in the area could continue through November. The work to be completed includes a replacement of all the concrete paving and the installation of new drainage on all lanes of State Route 435 east and west. The project is being paid through state funding and will cost approximately $10.5 million.
“The completion date for the first phase of the construction will be in the beginning of June, and the whole project will be complete in November before Thanksgiving,” Breanna Badanes, with ODOT District 6 (which serves Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union counties), said. “The project is different from a typical resurfacing project, where we would remove the top of the pavement and then put some back on it, this is actually taking out all of the old pavement and rebuilding it.”
Badanes said that the first phase, which began earlier this month, has forced all traffic to occupy only the westbound lane. Starting at Pay Lake on the west side of 71, traffic is being maneuvered into one lane until they reach the far end of the bypass near the 35 on-ramp and vice versa. With the high volume of traffic being rerouted onto one side of the roadway, the construction has caused slower commutes through the area and several accidents have been reported from the construction site since it began.
“This will be in place until June and will allow crews to rebuild the eastbound lane,” Badanes said. “Once that is completed in June, traffic will go to the new pavement and the westbound lane can be rebuilt. But there will be only one lane in each direction until November.”
ODOT circulated a letter to area businesses to explain that during this time they should allow extra time when travelling in the area. Badanes also said that the letter was also to help the stores by giving them time to let customers know about the construction and how patrons can get to them in the easiest and safest manner. The letter also said that the intersection of 435 and Allen Road will be restricted to one southbound lane and two northbound lanes until June.
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