Turnpike project: Delays now, smoother road later

Drivers in Lordstown, Jackson and Austintown Townships will be impacted

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BEREA, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday marks the start of construction season on the Ohio Turnpike.

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Committee says this is the biggest capital improvement program on the toll road in 15 years. Up to $144.5 million will be spent this season.

There are four major pavement projects along the turnpike. In one of them, they’ll be upgrading the eastbound lanes between mile markers 216.9 and 221.2 from April 20 until November 11.

You’ll recall there was a project in the same area last year, but in the westbound lanes. The work is being done in Lordstown, Jackson and Austintown Townships.

Traffic will be moved to the westbound lanes with special instructions for exiting the turnpike. The hope is to maintain two lanes of traffic in that area.

They’ll also temporarily shut down the eastbound entrance ramp at Lordstown exit 216 when construction starts next week.

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