LIMA — All lanes on state Route 117/309 in the area of the Interstate 75 interchange will be open to traffic by the end of this week, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 Deputy Director Kirk Slusher said Tuesday.
Some ongoing construction in the area means some short-term lane closures will still happen this summer, Slusher said, but the lanes are open and signals operating.
Slusher also gave an update about the overall Interstate 75 project during a meeting he organized with city and county officials to communicate about upcoming projects.
Also happening with the reconstruction:
• Overnight, crews demolished part of the existing state Route 65 bridge structure over Interstate 75. State Route 65 northbound will be detoured north onto Interstate 75 to Fourth Street to Interstate 75 southbound back to 65. Southbound 65 detoured to Interstate 75 southbound to National Road to Interstate 75 northbound back to 65.
• Bryn Mawr Road just north of Lost Creek Boulevard will close Monday for 45 days for a culvert replacement. The closure will occur once all lanes are open on Route 117/309 at the Interstate 75 interchange. Slusher said his office has received many complaints about traffic around Bryn Mawr and Reservoir roads, but he believes the situation will improve with the Route 117/309 lanes opening.
• Two bridges remain closed. Breese Road over Interstate 75 closed May 5 for about five months. Hanthorn Road over Interstate 75 closed May 12 for reconstruction of the bridge and for work on Interstate 75 below the bridge. The bridge will remain closed until fall 2016. The closure is so lengthy because crews are realigning the road at the spot first, as part of the reconstruction, and then building the new bridge over the new road.
At the meeting, Mayor David Berger asked Slusher if he has heard any information about the federal transportation bill, set to expire Oct. 1. Slusher said he believes Congress will authorize several short-term extensions of the bill, and that funding for projects won’t be interrupted.
“Congress seems to be in no mood for a long-term transportation bill,” Slusher said. “But, I trust that they will act and we’ll be faced with several two to three-month extensions. The last bill we had was in 2012, and we had six interims before that. Their record is not good with passing transportation bills.”