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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 Sept. 2

I-75 Reconstruction Project

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, please visit:

**There will be no lane restrictions through the project area during Labor Day weekend

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. until 10 a.m. the following morning. The following is project information for the coming week:

Ohio 117/309 interchange

The entrance ramp to I-75 northbound from Ohio117/309 closed Thursday for at least one month to allow for construction of the new northbound ramp and new northbound pavement on I-75.

Traffic on Ohio 117/309 eastbound wishing to access I-75 northbound will be directed to Ohio 117, Greely Chapel Road to Fourth Street back to I-75. Ohio 117/309 westbound will be directed to Lost Creek Boulevard, Ohio 117, Greely Chapel Road and Fourth Street back to I-75.

Fourth Street interchange

The entrance ramp from Fourth Street to I-75 northbound is now open. The exit ramp from I-75 northbound to Fourth Street was opened in mid August.

The southbound entrance and exit ramps at Fourth Street remain closed for reconstruction. Traffic is detoured to the Ohio 65 interchange then north on Ohio 65 (St. Johns Road) to Fourth Street. Electronic message boards have been placed on I-75 advising motorists to use Ohio 65.

I-75 Mainline

Traffic on I-75 northbound has been switched onto the new concrete pavement from just south of Fourth Street to a point prior to the Ohio 117/309 interchange where traffic is then transitioned back to the existing pavement. This will allow crews to complete the construction of the new concrete pavement at the south end of the project.

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 the Ohio 117/309 interchange is expected to begin next 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.

Following the Labor Day holiday, occasional nighttime lane closures will continue on I-75 throughout the zone from Fourth Street to Ohio 81 generally from 7 p.m. until approximately 10 a.m. the following day. Normal traffic patterns of two lanes in each direction will resume during daytime hours.

Motorists should be aware that all entrance and exit ramp merge areas have been shortened throughout the project area. Drivers on I-75 are encouraged to use the passing lane through the zone if they do not wish to exit. Signs advising this have been placed throughout the project area.

In preparation for Max’s Flea Market and Water Dog Races, message boards have been activated on I-75 directing northbound traffic to exit 124 (4th St.) and southbound traffic to exit 125 (SR 117/309) to access the event at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Temporary signage which has been placed directing traffic to the fairgrounds for both the Allen County Fair and Max’s Flea Market will be removed next week.

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 117 between Ohio 309 and the service road behind McDonald’s will close Sept. 6 beginning at 9 p.m. and will reopen Sept. 9 at 6 a.m. to allow for reconstruction of the pavement and of the intersection. Traffic detoured onto Lost Creek Blvd. back to Ohio 117. Traffic on Ohio 309 will not be affected and access to the restaurants at the intersection will be maintained.

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

I-75 ramps at the Bluelick Road interchange will be restricted through the work zone during nighttime hours on Tuesday generally from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day for replacement of pavement reflectors.

Pavement repair will take place at the following locations during the week with traffic maintained through the work zone:

-Ohio 66 south of Spencerville

-Ohio 309 between village of Elida and Eastown Road

Putnam County

U.S. 224 between County Road P and Ohio 190 will be restricted through the work zone for drainage work.

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.

Ohio 66 north U.S. 30 is now open.

Ohio 117 near its intersection with Ohio 116 will close Tuesday for two days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 116 to Ohio 81, to Ohio 66, back to Ohio 117.

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.


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