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I-75 Work in Dayton Focuses On Bridges

The next major construction work in the years-long Interstate 75 project in Dayton will focus on two concrete bridge decks over the Great Miami River.

The Dayton Daily News reports that workers have been preparing dirt embankments, piers and substructures for the southbound portion of the highway through the city. The Ohio Department of Transportation plans in late 2014 to being demolition and reconstruction of the northbound bridges.

Downtown drivers will continue to face challenges, with more rerouting ahead. They've already had to deal with closures of major exit and entrance ramps and detours during the project with a finish date of 2017.

Officials say there will be long-term benefits from the interstate makeover for economic development, with more businesses likely to locate around the I-75/I-70 interchange.