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BOARDMAN, Ohio - For many motorists, it was a slower start to the day alone Route 224 near Interstate 680 in Boardman.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has reduced traffic to one lane in both directions as crews work to complete a $5.8 million project.

"This is one of our bigger projects in Mahoning County this year and definitely one of the ones that is going to be effecting the most motorists," says Brent Kovacs with ODOT. 

In addition to the lane closures, motorists will have to use temporary exit and entrance ramps to get on to Interstate 680.  The project, which includes the widening of Route 224 over Interstate 680, isn't expected to wrap up for at least a year.

"We are going to reopen everything for the fall and winter season and then back down to one lane in each direction all of next year again," says Kovacs.

Over the last month, the Ohio Department of Transportation has met with business owners along this stretch of roadway to let them know access to their businesses will be maintained throughout construction.

While the owners of Nicolinni's has noticed more congestion in the area since crews began working earlier this month, it's been business as usual at the restaurant.

"It has actually been OK. I mean me and my husband do drive here two, three times a day. In the morning it hasn't been bad. The afternoon and evening obviously are a little more congested, but I don't think it has been any worse than 224 is," says Nicolinni's Restaurant owner Stephanie Lavanty. 

In an effort to reduce congestion, Boardman Police and The Ohio Highway Patrol are asking drivers to refrain from being trapped in the middle of the intersection when the light changes. Some motorists could be cited.

 

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