Drivers Anticipate Major Bridgeport Construction Project


 A major road construction project is set to start on January 5, affecting thousands of drivers who use the interstate to travel through Bridgeport during their commute. The bridge replacement project is expected to last for about a year, and drivers are already starting to dread the detours and slow downs. 

Drivers traveling from St. Clairsville will need to think ahead and take exit 220, to head down Route 40 if they are traveling to Bridgeport or Wheeling Island. While drivers who want to end up on Route 7 are recommended to take I-470.

As January 5 approaches, barrels and signs are ready, but drivers aren’t. Some say they already use Route 40 to travel between Bridgeport and St. Clairsville. Others said they think the project is necessary, and will be best for the community. 

Engineers with the Ohio Department of Transportation are planning to replace the Marion Street Bridge. They said repairs to the structure are actually over due. The project should be complete by November 15. They said drivers will appreciate the new bridge deck and new beams that will be installed. 

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