Highway exits at U.S. 35 and Smithville will close until June

Crews work on the Smithville Road bridge over U.S. 35 on April 6, 2020, as part of a reconfiguration of the highway interchange. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

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Crews work on the Smithville Road bridge over U.S. 35 on April 6, 2020, as part of a reconfiguration of the highway interchange. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

This is part of a larger project that will remove the damaged “flyover” ramp over the highway.

Two of the three off-ramps from U.S. 35 to Smithville Road in east Dayton will shut down Wednesday night and remain closed for almost two months, as part of a reconfiguration of that highway interchange, Ohio Department of Transportation officials said.

The sole off-ramp from westbound 35 to Smithville will close at 8 p.m. Wednesday, until about June 1. The off-ramp from eastbound 35 to southbound Smithville will remain open, but the ramp from eastbound 35 to northbound Smithville will also close Wednesday night, until June 1.

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ODOT officials encourage detour traffic to use the Woodman Drive exit one mile further east, then use Linden Avenue to get back to Smithville.

All current on-ramps from Smithville to U.S. 35 will remain open until June 1.

When the project is finished, the main change will be how traffic from northbound Smithville gets on westbound 35. Currently, those drivers turn right onto a “flyover” ramp that curves over the top of 35 before merging into westbound traffic. That bridge/ramp was damaged in 2016 when it was struck by a truck, but it was deemed safe and has remained open.

By mid- to late 2020, drivers on northbound Smithville will pass that ramp, go straight across the Smithville bridge, then turn left at a traffic light onto a ramp to westbound 35, ODOT officials said.

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After that on-ramp and signal are operational, the “flyover” bridge and ramp will be demolished.

Construction crews led by Great Lakes Construction Co. are currently removing the center island median on the Smithville Road bridge over U.S. 35, which is down to one lane in each direction.

The cost for the project is $4 million, according to ODOT.

I-675 work under way

A variety of lane and shoulder closures will be in effect on Interstate 675 this week, between the Indian Ripple Road overpass and U.S. 35 for bridge, median, guardrail and barrier work, according to ODOT.

Single-lane closures may be in effect at any time except 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays, when all lanes will be open.

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Double-lane closures may be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays and from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends.

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