|ODOT District 1 Update - Breese Road closure delayed |
Posting Date: 04/17/2014
(Note: Updates on the I-75 reconstruction project will now include information on both Project 2 and 3 as work has begun on the south end of the interstate. The project zone now extends from the Auglaize County line to just north of Ohio 81.)
Lane closures are currently occurring on I-75 northbound between Ohio 117/309 and Reservoir Road, generally from 6 a.m. to noon, to allow for off loading and placement of noise wall panels. Once the wall along the northbound lanes is complete, construction of the wall along the southbound lanes will begin.
Restrictions on I-75 both northbound and southbound will occur possibly at the end of next week while concrete is trucked in and poured on the deck of a new bridge structure over the CF&E railroad. This operation will occur at night. Motorists are asked to be aware of trucks and equipment entering and exiting the work zone during this operation.
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.
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.
Motorists should be aware that all entrance and exit ramp merge areas have been shortened throughout the project area. Drivers on Interstate 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.
Traffic cameras to view the construction area may be accessed at www.odotlima75.com, or at www.Ohgo.com.
Please drive slowly through the construction zone.
The entrance ramp from Ohio 81 to Interstate 75 southbound closed March 31 for 60 days for reconstruction. Traffic is detoured north on Interstate 75 to the Bluelick Road interchange back to Interstate 75 southbound. All other ramp movements at the Ohio 81 interchange are maintained.
Work on reconstructing the service road on the south side of Ohio 81 continues.
Traffic both eastbound and westbound has been shifted onto the new concrete pavement from just west of Stewart Road to just west of Neubrecht Road. Traffic will remain one lane in each direction while work at the interchange continues.
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.
Brynn Mawr Road
Johnny Appleseed Bike Path
Breese Road Interchange
On April 28, 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.
Closure of the bridge has been delayed due to necessary coordination with the railroad.
About the I-75 Project Phases:
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 1 of the Interstate 75 reconstruction project, which is 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. 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.
Project information may be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ODOTLima75; on Twitter, prefaced with #ODOTLima75, at https://twitter.com/#!/ODOT_NWOhio; and on the Web at www.odotlima75.org.
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