July 24, 2016

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Three portions of I-76 east to reopen this month

WADSWORTH — The end of road construction season is near, and with that comes the reopening of three portions of Interstate 76 in Medina County.

The exit ramp from I-76 east to state Route 94 is slated to reopen Monday, said Christine Myers, spokeswoman for District 3 of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Dave Harris, of Rootstown, spreads water Thursday on the entry ramp from state Route 94 to east Interstate 76 in Wadsworth. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

In addition, the entrance ramp to I-76 east from Route 94 will reopen on schedule at the end of the month. Both ramps have been closed for repaving and reconstruction since midsummer.

The overall repaving of Interstate 76 east from Route 94 to the Summit County line remains on line for completion by the end of November, Myers said.

Since July, the highway has been reduced to one lane of traffic because of work on the project. The second lane will reopen when work is complete.

Myers said weather delays are factored in to ODOT completion dates, and last week’s superstorm Sandy slowed work down but not to the point of any major postponement.

“We lost a full week of construction work because of the storm, but that shouldn’t impact our November schedule,” she said.

One leg of the I-76 project — the eastbound I-76 entry ramp from state Route 57 — was completed in late July. That work started in May.

Repaving the westbound lanes of I-76 from the Medina-Summit county line to Route 57 is scheduled next spring, with all work expected to be complete by Sept. 30, Myers said.

The cost for all roadwork being done this year and in 2013 is $19 million, she said.

ODOT employees are overseeing the construction, which is being done by Shelly & Sands Inc., based in Zanesville.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.