ODOT announces details for construction projects in 2018

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio Department of Transportation announced there will be nearly 1,000 projects in 2018.

ODOT said this includes 5,645 miles of pavement and 1,040 bridges.

This is part of a $2.35 billion construction season for ODOT.

ODOT said drivers will not see much impact to to traffic.

There is a major project on the Valley View Bridge, but most of traffic won't be a concern until next spring.

"You might see some overnight lane closures for things, or an occasion daytime lane closure as they haul equipment in or out. For this year, for 2018, you won't see man impacts to traffic for the Valley View Bridge project," ODOT spokeswoman Amanda McFarland said.

Some lanes might get tighter

"The way that you see it now, we have the lanes a little bit more narrow and we are working on getting the structure widened.  That's what it will be like all summer long," McFarland said.

The project that may cause you the most problems; Broadway over Interstate 77.  ODOT has already started some weekend closures to start dismantling Broadway.

"The detour for that, I think this is pretty cool. We built a new frontage road on the west side of 77.  We are operating it with two-way traffic.  People are just using Pershing and our new frontage road to get around it," McFarland said.

Below is a video of the entire news conference.

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