YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The detour signs are gone — drivers can cruise along State Route 711 south and take the ramp to Interstate 680 south. All lanes are open in the area.
“It’ll help open up traffic coming through. It’s going to stay open all throughout the winter months there,” said ODOT spokesperson Ray Marsch.
The bridge deck was replaced in the northbound lanes of I-680. In the spring, the detour signs will go back up and work will begin to fix the southbound side.
“That ramp is going to close late April/early May, weather permitting. It’s the same amount of time that it was closed this year,” Marsch said.
The work is part of a $10 million project to fix bridges along I-680. It started in the summer of 2018 and will finish in the summer of 2021.
Right now, work is 60% complete.
“We have 10 of the minor bridge work done. We just have these two bridge works, Cherry Avenue, so we’re working on that right now. But this project is wrapping up really well,” Marsch said.
ODOT is also handling the project at I-680 and State Route 164. The roundabout was done earlier this year and the project is nearing completion.
“Big thing they’re working on now is that new interchange at 680 and State Route 164. Still have some pavement work and putting the ramps in and other pavement work,” said ODOT spokesperson Justin Chesnic.
It is a heavily traveled area. The interchange is a mile south of Western Reserve and I-680.
Many people get off there and head south. This new interchange will give drivers two options to choose from and drastically reduce congestion on Route 164.
The project also had bridge reconstruction over the turnpike and the ramps are being finished. Once that work is done, the closed signs will go away.
“All along, our goal was to get ramps done by end of year. We’re on schedule. Still hope to meet that,” Chesnic said.
Striping, lighting and rumble strips will be the finishing touches.
The project should be done by the new year.