Turnpike gets work, lane restrictions near Amherst

Staff Report

Major projects could slow motorists on the Ohio Turnpike this spring just outside of Amherst.

Periodic lane closures could affect both eastbound and westbound drivers at Quarry Road and an abandoned Conrail Railroad line on the city’s west side, where workers are replacing bridge decks.

A minimum of one lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Local traffic may encounter minor delays due to the work.

Meanwhile, the left, center, and right lanes between mileposts 136 and 144 on Amherst’s south side are being resurfaced. The project is expected to grind through October, resulting in single-lane closures.

Two lanes will be maintained there during the day, with a single lane in each direction remaining open at night.

The Turnpike is spending up to $121.4 million on Northern Ohio projects this year.

“Our emphasis is that we’ll continue to make improvements to ensure reliable travel and the exceptional condition of our road surface and bridges, but we’ll have less congestion in work zones this season. In fact, we’ll have 25 percent fewer lane miles under construction,” said executive director Randy Cole. “Our customers want fewer orange barrels so we’re carefully balancing customer preference with the need for capital improvements.”

Cole is asking drivers to slow down in work zones and to stay distraction-free while behind the wheel.

For day-by-day information on construction locations, delays, and traffic incidents, visit www.ohioturnpike.org.

Staff Report