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The following is a weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot. This report is issued each week beginning in April and continues through November.

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Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of August 26, 2013

I-75 Reconstruction Project

For the most recent information concerning the I-75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County and the safety upgrade of Ohio 117/309 on Lima’s east side, visit:

· I-75 between Fourth Street and Ohio 81 in Lima will have occasional nighttime lane restrictions during reconstruction of the existing lanes of pavement, replacement of mainline bridges and reconstruction of the interchanges. Work began in March 2013 and will continue through fall of 2015. Traffic is maintained two lanes in each direction the majority of the time. Lane restrictions generally occur from 7 p.m.-10 a.m. the following morning. The following is project information for the coming week:

-The entrance ramp to I-75 northbound from Ohio 117/309, and the exit ramp from northbound I-75 to Ohio 117/309 will close Tuesday from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. to allow for installation of a storm sewer. Northbound I-75 traffic wishing to access Ohio 117/309 will be directed to Ohio 81 to I-75 southbound back to Ohio 117/309. Traffic wishing to access I-75 northbound from Ohio 117/309 will be directed southbound on I-75 to Ohio 65 back to I-75 northbound.

-The I-75 northbound exit ramp to Fourth Street reopened Aug. 15. The northbound entrance ramp is expected to reopen by the Labor Day holiday. The southbound ramps are anticipated to be reopened in approximately one month.

-Electronic message boards have been placed along I-75 to guide traffic for the Allen County fair to the appropriate exits. Northbound traffic on I-75 may use exit 124 (Fourth Street), southbound traffic on I-75 can use exit 125 (Ohio 117/309) or exit 122 (Ohio 65). Exit 124 southbound will remain closed throughout the fair. There will be no access to I-75 from Fourth Street during the fair. Use Ohio 65 or Ohio 117/309 to access I-75 from the fairgrounds. Signs have been placed throughout the area to guide traffic to and from the fairgrounds.

-Paving of the new lanes on I-75 in the northbound direction outside the barrier wall from just south of Fourth Street to Ohio 117/309 is near completion. Paving in the southbound lanes from south of Fourth Street to Ohio 117/309 interchange is expected to begin during the week. Traffic on I-75 could be affected at times. Motorists are cautioned to watch for concrete trucks entering and exiting the highway over the next several weeks as the operation continues.

· Ohio 117/309 is two lanes in each direction without a center turn lane from just east of the interchange with I-75 to Bowman Road during a safety upgrade project which will reconstruct areas of the pavement and install a raised curb median in the center of the roadway. All traffic is currently traveling on the north side of the roadway while work takes place on the south. Only two lanes of traffic are maintained, one lane in each direction, from Willard Avenue (Speedway) to the west of the I-75 interchange. This part of the project will be completed this fall.

· Ohio 81 from just west of Stewart Road to just west of Neubrecht Road east of Lima is one lane in each direction in the existing eastbound lanes for pavement reconstruction. All ramp movements are currently maintained at the interchange with I-75.

Allen County

Pavement repair will take place at the following locations during the week with traffic maintained through the work zone. Work is being performed by Allen County ODOT maintenance garage:

-Ohio 66 south of Spencerville

-Ohio 309 between village of Elida and Eastown Road

-Ohio 196 at the Ohio 117 intersection

-Ohio 65 at Bluelick Road

-Ohio 117 between Lima and the Auglaize County line

Putnam County

Ohio 15 between Township 15C and 16C will be restricted through the work zone for shoulder work. Work is being performed by the Putnam County ODOT maintenance garage.

Van Wert County

Ohio 49 inside the corporation limits of the village of Convoy will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing. The project was anticipated to begin Thursday. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.

Ohio 66 north of its intersection with U.S. 30 will close Monday for two days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 224 to U.S. 127, to U.S. 30 back to Ohio 66. Work is being performed by the Van Wert County ODOT maintenance garage.

Ohio 117 near its intersection with Ohio 116 will close Sept. 3 for two days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 116 to Ohio 81, to Ohio 66, back to Ohio 117. Work is being performed by the Van Wert County ODOT maintenance garage.

U.S. 127 three miles south of Van Wert closed Aug. 13 for 45 days for bridge repair. Traffic is detoured to Ohio 709 to Ohio 118 back to U.S. 127. Work is being performed by Brumbaugh Construction, Arcanam.


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