Dayton Drivers Face 6 Years of Construction

Dec 21, 2011

Drivers on I-75 through Dayton should get used to orange barrels.

The Dayton Daily News reports construction work that began in 2006 will continue until 2017.  Planning for the $400 million-plus update of the interstate began in 2000, and the first phase of construction is nearly complete.  That involved adding a third I-75 lane in the area of Ohio Route 4, while removing a sharp curve and other work to relieve congestion.

Work is ongoing to add lanes in the area of U.S. 35, with the last phase of the project ahead to improve the interstate through Dayton's central business district.

Officials say the Dayton area has been a bottleneck for years.  Federal highway funds are paying for some 90 percent of the project, with Ohio covering the rest.