U.S. 35 down to one lane at times; some roadwork goes until August

Motorists can also expect single- and double-lane closures on 35 eastbound between Steve Whalen Boulevard and I-675 starting Wednesday, ODOT said. FILE

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Motorists can also expect single- and double-lane closures on 35 eastbound between Steve Whalen Boulevard and I-675 starting Wednesday, ODOT said. FILE

U.S. 35 lane closures are gearing up again with a new phase of the $13.5 million expansion project from Interstate 75 in Dayton to I-675 in Greene County.

For the next week through Friday, March 25, U.S. 35 eastbound will be reduced to one lane nightly, between Steve Whalen Boulevard and I-675 in preparation for phase 3 of the project. The work is tentative depending on the weather.

This roadwork is part of a larger project to widen U.S. 35 from two lanes to three lanes in each direction between Smithville Road and I-675, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“The third lane will help to increase capacity in this corridor, thus allowing for more vehicles to move safer and more efficiently through the area,” ODOT spokeswoman Mandi Dillon said in an email.

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U.S. 35 eastbound will be reduced to two lanes between Steve Whalen Boulevard and Interstate 675 from now through Aug. 31. The right-lane of U.S. 35 eastbound will remain closed until the project is finished, but all ramps will remain open.

U.S. 35 westbound will experience daily right-lane and shoulder closures between Steve Whalen Boulevard and I-675. All ramps will remain open as crews will be performing guardrail and lighting work.

When work started about two years ago, the average daily traffic count in the corridor was 79,810 vehicles, Dillon said. The project was designed for traffic volumes in 2040 that are estimated to be 85,440 vehicles per day, she added.

The project will also maximize bridge clearance under Woodman Drive, construct a new median wall, and widen the shoulder on that stretch of freeway, according to ODOT.

It also includes resurfacing the westbound Woodman entrance ramp to 35. Drivers can expect short-term ramp and lane closures during the project, officials said.

Barrett Paving Materials Inc. was awarded the contract in June 2020. The project is scheduled for completion this fall, Dillon said.

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