Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

Bridge Slide Will Restrict I-70 East to 1 Lane for 13 Days

Lengthy backups expected, plan alternate routes State Road 121 will close for bridge demolition.

Starting Friday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m., Walsh Construction Company plans to reduce Interstate 70 East to one lane for up to 13 continuous days for a slide-in bridge construction project at the Ind. Route 121 (New Paris Pike) overpass near mile 155. The bridge is located about 1 mile west of the Indiana-Ohio state line between Ind. Route 227 (Exit 153) and U.S. 40 (Exit 156).

One lane of I-70 East will be shifted to cross the median onto the westbound side of the interstate. Two lanes of I-70 West will be separated from opposing traffic by temporary concrete barriers.

During the 13-day bridge replacement, the existing eastbound bridge will be demolished and the new bridge deck – already built in the median – will be slid laterally into place. The pavement approaches to the bridge will be rebuilt, and two lanes of I-70 East will shift back onto the new eastbound bridge.

Bridge slide will restrict I-70 East to 1 lane for up to 13 days starting Friday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m.

Indiana Route 121 (New Paris Pike) Closure

At the same time, State Road 121 (New Paris Pike) will be closed for up to one week below I-70 as the old structure is demolished and the new bridge deck is slid into place. During this closure, a signed detour will direct highway traffic south to U.S. 40 via U.S. 27 and Ohio Route 320 (Washington Street in New Paris, OH).

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