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More lane restrictions at 224 and 680 in Boardman Monday

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BOARDMAN TWP., Ohio -  The Ohio Department of Transportation is advising motorists that U.S. Route 224 over Interstate 680 will be restricted to one lane in both eastbound and westbound directions beginning Monday.

Now, traffic is backing up all the way to South Avenue and driver's are clogging the intersection.

According to ODOT, the work is part of a $5.4 million project to widen the US 224 bridge over I-680 and improve the I-680/US 224 interchange.

Boardman police and Ohio State Highway patrol say the situation has become dangerous.

"The motorist tries to enter the intersection on a green light, but they can't pass the intersection and the light turns red and it turns green for the opposite direction. For example, last week we had an instance of a fire truck going southbound off South Avenue trying to et through. They actually had to stop and wait for traffic to clear before they could proceed through the intersection, so it's quite a hazard," says Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has tried to make drivers aware of the dangers as well.

"We put a sign out here to remind them not to block the intersection. We want to educate them and hopefully the behavior ceases. If not, we will issue traffic citations," says Nakia Hendrix of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Police say to not drive through the intersection unless there is enough room to safely get through it before the light turns red.

The lane restrictions are expected to continue on 224 for at least the next two months.

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late October 2014.

 

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