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Opening of I-70 interchange delayed

September 09, 1999

Unexpected problems have delayed the opening of the Interstate 70-Downsville Pike interchange for two weeks, a State Highway Administration spokesman said Thursday.

It is now scheduled to open about Sept. 22, spokesman David Buck said.

The state apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the delay, he said. The interchange had been expected to open Sept. 8.

The main delay is related to problems a subcontractor is having obtaining sign structures that will direct motorists onto the off-ramp, he said.

Paving has also taken a few days longer than planned, he said. It will take about three or four days to complete the paving, he said.

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The project also was delayed a few days by recent rain storms, he said.

The $6.17 million project is designed to address growth in the region, he said. The federal government is footing 80 percent of the bill for the interchange and the state 20 percent.

While a ceremony may later be held for the off-ramp's opening, none is scheduled, Buck said.

- Scott Butki

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