Relief Coming to Route 7-I-470 Interchange


A project is getting underway that is expected to help your daily commute.

On Thursday morning, local officials announced they plan to set up a stop light and an extra lane at the interchange.

Officials say Route 7 has had more traffic due to the increased shale activity, so last year, O-DOT studied the traffic flow at the intersection.

In May, a temporary signal is set to be installed and the $1 million project is scheduled to be complete by summer 2016.

Right now when you travel north on Route 7 and want to get on I-470, there’s a single lane that goes off to the left,.  

ODOT District 11 Deputy Director Lloyd MacAdam says when when this project is done, there will actually be two lanes going off to the left and waiting at the traffic signal, drivers will be properly signed.

“If you want to go to West Virginia you get in the right lane, if you want to go to St. Clairsville you can get in the left lane,” said Adams.

Business owners also say it will help them out and relieve the pressure of traffic in the already busy area.

Commissioners say this is just one of 20 projects going on in the county.

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