LIMA - Traffic on Interstate 75 from south of state routes 117/309 to just south of Fourth Street will be restricted to one lane in each direction for most of Saturday. Crews are painting new lanes and moving a concrete wall in preparation for the reconstruction of the ramps at the Fourth Street interchange. The restrictions could begin as early at 7 a.m.
Temporary closures of the northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps at Fourth Street and I-75 will continue until the wall is finished. Only one ramp at a time will be closed. The northbound exit ramp will be the first to close and is expected to reopen by noon. The southbound entrance ramp is expected to reopen early evening.
Traffic entering northbound or southbound I-75 should use the state routes 117/309 interchange. Message boards will be placed at Fourth Street directing traffic that way.
Beginning July 8, the I-75 northbound entrance and exit ramps at Fourth Street will be closed for reconstruction. The ramps are expected to reopen prior to the Allen County fair which begins Aug. 16.
Occasional nighttime lane closures will continue on I-75 throughout the zone from Fourth Street to state Route 81 generally from 7 p.m. to 10 a.m. the following day. Normal traffic patterns of two lanes in each direction will resume during daytime hours.