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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 September 9, 2013

I-75 Reconstruction Project

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

Ohio 117/309 interchange

The entrance ramp to I-75 northbound from Ohio117/309 was closed Aug. 29 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 southbound entrance and exit ramps at Fourth Street remain closed for reconstruction. The ramps are expected to be reopened by the end of September. 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. Northbound ramps are open.

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 completed at this time. Paving in the southbound lanes from south of Fourth Street to the Ohio 117/309 interchange is under way. 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.

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.

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 Interstate 75.

Allen County

Ohio 66 in the city of Delphos will close for five days Sept 23 for a railroad crossing repair. Traffic detoured onto Ohio 697, Ohio 116 and Ohio 81 back to Ohio 66.

Putnam County

U.S. 224 a half mile west of the village of Kalida to the CSX railroad in the village of Ottawa will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing.

Ohio 108 south of Miller City to just north of Miller City will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing.

Ohio 694 from the Glandorf corporation limit to just north of Glandorf will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and resurfacing.

Van Wert County

Ohio 49 inside the corporation limits of the village of Convoy is now open.

U.S. 30 from Van Wert to the Indiana line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for berm work

U.S. 127 three miles south of Van Wert closed Aug. 13 for 45 days for bridge repair. Traffic is detoured to Ohio 81 to Ohio 118 back to U.S. 127.


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