Then in 2022, traffic on eastbound U.S. 35 will shift to the inside lanes so crews can remove and lower the pavement under the Woodman Drive overpass to increase the bridge clearance.
ODOT officials said throughout the project, drivers should expect some ramp and lane closures. Construction updates will be available to the public in a weekly advisory posted on the ODOT website, as well as ODOT District 7’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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During both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 winter seasons, two lanes of U.S. 35 traffic will remain open in each direction.
The project is Phase 2 of upgrading this piece of U.S. 35. The first phase widened the bridges over Spinning Road and the Iron Horse Trail. The third phase, which is scheduled for construction in 2023, will modify the Woodman Drive interchange.
“As the project manager since 2006, I am excited this critical phase of U.S. 35 will be constructed,” said ODOT Contract Manager Amy Schmidt.
A separate $4 million construction project at the U.S. 35 and Smithville interchange has been under way for months, with two exit ramps currently closed.
Tiffany Oliphant, public information officer for ODOT District 7, said that interchange project is about 50 percent complete. Work on the new northbound Smithville to westbound 35 left-turn access is scheduled to start June 25 and be completed in August.
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Once that is completed, the damaged “flyover” ramp that loops from Smithville to westbound U.S. 35 will be demolished.
ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks said Ohio’s 2019 gas tax increase makes a difference in getting projects like these done.
“Thanks to the leadership of Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio General Assembly, we were able to grow the revenue stream which, in turn, allowed us to invest the dollars needed to make this project happen,” he said.