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U.S. 224 bridge closure delayed

This weekend’s expected closure of U.S. 224 at Interstate 75 has been delayed a week.

Demolition of the bridge’s southern half is now tentatively scheduled for the March 7 weekend.

A change in weather necessitated the shift, said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.

“Weather caused the delay of the original scheduled demolition and could likely factor in again,” Slusher said.

The bridge will close for its ramps to become lanes of I-75. It is now scheduled from 9 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. March 10. U.S. 224 traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 12 and Ohio 235.

I-75 lane closures are also expected next week from about 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. for temporary striping and a concrete barrier.

U.S. 224 will be one lane in each direction next week from west of I-75 to Broad Avenue. Bridge traffic will be shifted to the northern half of the bridge and be reduced to two lanes.

The interchange project will replace the U.S. 224 bridge at I-75, add a sixth lane, reconstruct ramps, replace traffic signals and construct a sidewalk.

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