LIMA — The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to discuss the final phase of a massive construction project on Interstate 75 and several of its exit and entrance ramps.
The meeting will be held at the Howard Johnson Inn, 1920 Roschman Ave., which is just off the state Route 309 interchange with I-75 on the east side of Lima.
The roadwork began in April and has been constructed in three phases. The Beaver Excavating Co. out of Canton was the winning bidder for the project. Work will begin sometime this spring.
At the meeting, representatives from both ODOT and Beaver Excavating will be available to answer questions. Displays of the project will be available for viewing, including the project’s overall features and how traffic will be maintained during the construction. The construction is expected to be completed in 2016.
Work for Phase 3 of the project includes reconstruction of the existing lanes of I-75 from the Auglaize County line to just south of Fourth Street in Lima. Phase 3 also includes reconstruction of the Breese Road and state Route 65 interchanges as well as replacement of the Hanthorn and McClain Road bridges over the interstate. Work on Phase 2 of the project, from Fourth Street to state Route 81 will continue simultaneously with the start of Phase 3.
“Motorists on I-75 will be traveling in a construction zone through the majority of Lima and Allen County once Phase 3 of the project begins,” said ODOT District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher. “It’s our intent to maintain two lanes of traffic for the majority of the time, just as we are now.”
Phase 1 was completed last year. Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2015.