Interstate Paving Kicks off Sunday

An Ohio Department of Transportation project to resurface slightly more than 3 miles of Interstate 70 begins Sunday night that, when completed, will add several years to the life of the roadway.

The portion of I-70 between exit 213 to Flushing and exit 218 to Mall Road will receive a 1-inch overlay intended to extend the pavement life, according to ODOT spokeswoman Becky Giauque. ODOT is calling the project “preventive maintenance resurfacing work.”

“It’s pretty common – we do it on a lot of our routes depending on where they’re at in their life cycle,” Giauque said. “A project like this extends the pavement life by about 12 years.”

Work will be completed at night between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. and should not take more than two weeks to complete, weather permitting. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during work hours.

ODOT’s contractor for the $969,444 project is Lash Paving Inc. of Colerain.

Crews will start the project working simultaneously in the eastbound and westbound passing lanes.

The last major resurfacing project in that area of I-70 occurred in 2007, Giauque said. Following completion of the upcoming project, ODOT has no more work on the horizon for that stretch of highway.