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MANSFIELD -- The Ohio Department of Transportation has issued its District 3 construction report for the week of July 1.

ODOT works with its contractors to reduce the size of work zones and open as many lanes as possible over holiday weekends. Work will continue as usual Monday, July 8.

As a result, Richland County drivers are urged to use caution on these roads:

State Route 39/State Route 96: Waterline Repair

SR 39/SR 96, at Myers Ave. in the City of Shelby, is closed for waterline repair work. The detour route for westbound motorists is SR 39/SR 96 to SR 61, south on SR 61 to SR 314, south on SR 314 to Old Lincoln Hwy, west on Old Lincoln Hwy to SR 598, north on SR 598 to SR 39/SR 96, and reverse for eastbound motorists. There is no estimated time as to when the road will reopen.

Interstate 71

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I-71, between CR 32 (Mock Rd.) to the Ashland County line, will have daily/nightly lane closures northbound and southbound for a resurfacing project. The project is expected to be complete August 2019.

State Route 97

SR 97, from the Village of Butler to the Village of Bellville, will have daily lane closures for a resurfacing project. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers. The project is expected to be complete October 2019.