A section of one of Delaware County's busiest intersections will close for two months starting Monday, March 17, while workers install left-turn lanes.
The Ohio Department of Transportation will close the steeply pitched stretch of state Route 750 between state Route 315 and Valley Run Drive in Liberty Township for 60 days. Utility workers will have 15 days to move utility lines, then contractors will have 45 days to construct and stripe the new turn lane west of the intersection.
North- and southbound traffic on Route 315 will not be affected.
Workers also will install a new left-turn lane on Route 750 east of Route 315 at the intersection, but that work will not require a closure.
"The bridge on the east side is already wide enough that they just have to restripe it," said Breanna Badanes, spokeswoman for ODOT District 6.
After the turn lane on the west side has been constructed, east- and westbound traffic on the east side will be reduced to one lane during overnight hours so workers can paint the new turn lane on that side.
"Once the weather gets nice enough to stripe that, it shouldn't take long," Badanes said.
ODOT will post two detour routes for drivers on Route 750 to avoid the closure:
•Sawmill Parkway to Interstate 270 to Route 315.
•state Route 257 to U.S. Route 42 to U.S. Route 23 to Route 315.
The contractor, Columbus-based Complete General Construction, will be required to complete the work by Memorial Day. ODOT has given the contractor an incentive to complete the work early and a disincentive if the deadline is missed.
The contractor will earn $15,000 per day, up to $150,000, if the job is finished early. Likewise, Complete General Construction will be charged $15,000 for each day of work past the deadline.
The work is part of a $3.5-million project to "relieve congestion and improve traffic flow" near the heavily traveled intersection, Badanes said. Work started last year when left-turn lanes were installed on Route 315 at the north and south sides of the intersection.
Badanes said no further work has been scheduled at the intersection following the installation of the new turn lanes. She said ODOT would launch a "slope stabilization project" on Route 315 in the future to prevent erosion near the road.