The Ohio Department of Transportation closed the National Road overpass at Interstate 75 in Vandalia through early Monday morning.
The road will be repaved. Workers will take off a thin layer of the road’s surface and add a new layer.
“A complete closure was selected over the option of closing certain lanes of travel and having the project linger for several weeks,” said Vandalia Communication Manager Rich Hopkins. “By knocking the project out in a weekend, we will not be impacting the school district and the student bus fleet.”
The project is contracted by Complete General Construction of Columbus, and the $463,000 project will be paid for by ODOT, according to ODOT Public Information Officer Mandi Dillon.
“The posted detour route has to stay on a state route,” said Vandalia Director of Public Service Rob Cron.
The official detour is for drivers to go onto I-75 and travel to the next exit, then get back on the interstate in the opposite direction to get back to the National Road exit, according to Hopkins.
Drivers who travel east on National Road will go to the Benchwood Road exit to turn around. Drivers who travel west will go to the Northwoods Boulevard exit to make the loop back.
The bridge is expected to be closed from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
According to Dillon and the city, this is only to happen weather permitting.