Bickford ramp work postponed until Tuesday

The planned closure and realignment of the Bickford Avenue offramp from U.S. 2 has been postponed until Tuesday night.

The current off-ramp that takes a long, soft right off the highway will be closed and a new, temporary one created slightly farther down the road that will require a 90-degree turn onto Bickford. The work was originally planned for Monday.

The current ramp is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. Tuesday and the new, temporary ramp is scheduled to open at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The change is needed for work on the state’s $20 million U.S. 2-Bickford Avenue overpass ramp project. For more information go to to the state’s project page.

The main feature of the project is a flyover on-ramp from Bickford to westbound U.S. 2, so drivers don’t have to dart across the eastbound lanes to reach the westbound side.

Crews will need the current off-ramp as a work area from which to build an approach to the new ramp, according to the state Department of Transportation. The ramp will be restored when the work is done in the fall of 2013.

Some lane closures also are planned this week for work on the project, beginning Monday night. Eastbound U.S. 2 is scheduled to be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday nights.

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