WEST CHESTER, Ohio (FOX19) - A busy highway overpass in Butler County is now shut down for the next two weeks due to a $2 million project.
Although motorists will not be able to cross the bridge at Tylersville Road and I-75, the interchange ramps will remain open and eastbound Tylersville Road traffic will be detoured via southbound I-75 and the Cincinnati Dayton Road Day Road interchange to northbound I-75 and the Tylersville Road exit.
Westbound traffic will be detoured to northbound I-75 and the Liberty Way interchange to southbound I-75 and the Tylersville exit.
This is the next phase of a project on pace to wrap up in the summer of 2021, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Workers needed to close to overpass for the full two weeks to do certain work uninterrupted, ODOT spokeswoman Kathleen Fuller said.
“You get a better product, quite simply, if we close the structure. Any type of bridgework or any work we do, you get a better product typically,” Fuller said.
Part of the reason for the closure is to get some additional work done that was found to be necessary during the first phase of the project, she said.
ODOT admits that some of this can be done with some lane restrictions but what would be two weeks of work with a full closure would add up to at least six weeks of work doing it piece by piece.
“Two weeks is a long time, I realize that, to have it closed but it would be a much longer process to do it in phases and have the contractors working in sections because they’re going to do an end-to-end overlay,” Fuller said.
Extending the project just isn’t an option with winter weather, the holiday season, and holiday travel rapidly approaching, according to Fuller.
“Any of those holidays, those are factored into our planning and the work that we’re doing with our contractors in their schedule,” Fuller said.