LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – It will be an easier travel for some commuters in Liberty Township as a few ramps that have been closed for several months will reopen Monday.
The Ohio Department on Transportation has been working on several parts of State Routes 11, 711 and Interstate 80 in Mahoning and Trumbull counties since July. The work is part of a $91.5 million project to widen I-80 between SR 11 and SR 193.
At 7 p.m. Monday, the 711 northbound ramp to Interstate 80 east in Liberty Township is set to reopen. At the same time, the ramp from I-80 eastbound to Route 11 north will also open to traffic.
The openings are temporary. ODOT expects them to close again in late spring or early summer.
While these ramps are re-opening, some are closing, and it will effect your morning commute. U.S. 422 to I-80 eastbound closes at 7 p.m. Monday and will stay closed until late November.
ODOT spokesman Brent Kovacs said an end to the project is near.
“The project is going well. We’re over the 50-percent mark,” he said.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brian Holt said there have been several accidents in the construction zone, so it’s important for drivers to stay aware. Holt said he believes the change in traffic patterns will actually decrease accidents, however.
“Just know that our patrols are increased in the construction zone,” he said. “Keep in mind that any citations issued in a construction zone require a double fine.”
ODOT says excessive speed and driver inattention are two main reasons for crashes in construction zones. The lanes are narrow, and there are no berms.
“Just take your time,” Holt said. “Don’t think that you’re invincible, because these crashes happen to anybody.”
There still are several closures as part of the entire project, including:
- Traffic on I-80 eastbound between Salt Springs Rd. and US 422 is shifted over to the westbound lanes via a crossover condition. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction with all traffic placed on the I-80 westbound lanes.
- The ramp from I-80 eastbound to US 422 is CLOSED through July 2017. The detour is I-680 southbound to SR 711 northbound to US 422.
- The ramp from US 422 to I-80 westbound is CLOSED through September 2017. The detour is US 422 to SR 711 southbound to I-680 northbound to I-80 westbound.
- The ramp from SR 11 southbound to I-80 eastbound is CLOSED through September 2017. The detour is SR 711 southbound to Gypsy Lane eastbound to SR 193/Belmont Ave.
WKBN has a list of road closures, lane restrictions and detours in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties.