NEW PHILADELPHIA -- State Route 331 will be closed between the eastbound on-ramp to Interstate 70 and U.S. Route 40 on May 30th, as part of the $19.5 million interchange improvement project in Belmont County.

SR 331 will be closed until July 12th while ODOT's contractor, Shelly & Sands Inc., from Columbus, Ohio, constructs a soil nail retaining wall and the west part of the SR 331 and U.S. 40 intersection.

Additionally, westbound U.S. 40 will be reduced to one lane under the I-70 bridges. Two-way traffic will be maintained with temporary traffic signals.

SR 331 traffic wanting U.S. 40 will be detoured eastbound on I-70 to Exit 215. At Exit 215, traffic can go westbound or eastbound on U.S. 40.

U.S. 40 traffic wishing to travel on SR 331 will be detoured to Exit 215, using U.S. 40, where they will be detoured westbound on I-70 to Exit 213. Once traffic takes Exit 213, they can travel on SR 331.

Work began in April of last year on this major interchange improvement project intended to reduce congestion and improve safety, and the completion date for the entire project is July 31, 2018.