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Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 kicked off the 2014 road construction season Thursday at Lima Harley-Davidson. Highlights were presented of the overall construction program slated for 2014 statewide and within the eight counties of ODOT District 1, which are Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

ODOT’s 2014 construction season includes 936 different projects throughout the state totaling $2.5 billion.

For area motorists, work will continue on the Ohio 117/309 interchange on the east side of Lima and Project 2 and 3 on Interstate 75 will affect traffic from the Auglaize County line to just North of Ohio 81 in Lima.

Ohio 117/309 interchange

Traffic on Ohio 117/309 in the area of the Interstate 75 interchange has been shifted to the south side of the roadway to allow pavement work to take place in the westbound lanes. Traffic continues to be one lane in each direction through the interchange area.

The Ohio 117/309 interchange is in full operation and all ramps are open.

The I-75 Project

Project 2 will reconstruct the existing lanes of Interstate 75 from Fourth Street to just north of Ohio 81 in Lima. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Fourth Street, Ohio 81 and Ohio 117/309 interchanges; a safety upgrade to Ohio 309 east of the Interstate 75 interchange; and the reconstruction and realignment of Ohio 81 from Neubrecht to Stewart Road. This phase is expected to be completed in 2015.

Project 3, from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, will begin in 2014. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Breese Road and Ohio 65 interchanges as well as the replacement of the Hanthorn and McClain Road bridges over Interstate 75. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Beginning Monday, Breese Road over Interstate 75 will close for 150 days, with the northbound entrance and exit ramps closing 90 days later. Then 30 days following the closure of the northbound ramps, the southbound entrance and exit ramps will close.

The entire interchange will be closed for the last 30 days of the 150-day closure.

Also beginning Monday, restrictions on I-75 both northbound and southbound will occur during daytime hours while concrete is trucked in and poured on the deck of a new bridge structure over the CF&E railroad.

In the coming weeks, work will take place on Interstate 75 northbound in the area of the Ohio 65 interchange on construction of a temporary bridge structure over the railroad north of Ohio 65. The structure will allow for traffic to be maintained on I-75 during construction.

Fence removal and work related to erosion control continues along I-75 throughout the entire length of the project. This work is mostly taking place along the shoulder but occasional lane restrictions are necessary.

Traffic both northbound and southbound on Interstate 75 is now traveling on new concrete pavement from just south of Fourth Street to Reservoir Road and is then transitioned back to the existing pavement.

Project 1 of the Interstate 75 reconstruction project, which was the replacement of the Fourth Street and Reservoir Road bridges over Interstate 75 in Lima, was completed in the spring. Both structures were opened to traffic last fall.

ODOT also plans to widen Interstate 75 both directions to three lanes from Findlay to Perrysburg. A total of four projects measures a distance of 31.6 miles.


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