Drivers on I-70 in Belmont County, OH are frustrated after a day of start-and-stop traffic thanks to a $9 million construction project on the Marion Street Bridge.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) held up traffic for 15 minutes, at five different times in the Bridgeport area on Thursday, allowing construction works to take down five huge beams that formed the base of the deck of the Marion Street Bridge eastbound lanes..
Using rolling roadblocks, officers stopped traffic allowing workers to lower the beams to the ground.
Most of the Marion Street Bridge project can be completed while traffic is going by, but the removal of the beams required traffic to be stopped. Unfortunately another set of beams will have to be taken down, meaning this process will be repeated in the coming days.
“What we’ll have to do is on Monday, we’ll come through and we’ll have to remove the same beams that are on the westbound lanes. We’ll perform the same traffic stops in the westbound lanes to remove the beams,” said Ohio Department of Transportation Project Manager, Brett Porter. “Our rules state that they can have up to ten minutes to slow the traffic down and they can only have them stopped for 15 minutes at a time.”
OSHP attempted to the beam removal while leaving several exit ramps open, but shut down all ramps several weeks ago. It’s a decision they say will help speed up the project, which is expected to be completed in November.