Interstate 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: www.odotlima75.org
Interstate 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. until 10 a.m. the following morning. The following is project information for the coming week:
- Traffic in both the northbound and southbound directions is now traveling on 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.
- Paving just north of the Ohio 117/309 interchange to Reservoir Road in the northbound lanes outside the barrier wall is largely complete. Some paving operations will continue. Traffic on Interstate 75 could be affected at times. Motorists are cautioned to watch for concrete trucks entering and exiting the highway as the operation continues.
-Work in the median area from just north of the Fourth Street interchange to south of the Fourth Street interchange continues. Motorists should be aware of equipment entering in and exiting out of the work area.
-Work in the median between Ohio 81and Stewart Road is under way and will continue for the next few weeks. Motorists should be aware of equipment entering in and exiting out of the work area.
- 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.
Ohio 117/309 interchange
- The southbound entrance and exit ramps to and from Interstate 75 closed on Monday, October 7 and will remain closed until mid November. The closure will allow for the construction of the new ramps at the interchange and facilitate construction of the Ohio 117/309 roadway itself. Traffic wishing to access Interstate 75 northbound or southbound will be directed to Ohio 117 east to Greely Chapel Road to Fourth Street. Interstate 75 southbound traffic wishing to access Ohio 117/309 will be directed to Fourth Street to Interstate 75 northbound back to Ohio 117/309.
-The entrance ramp to Interstate 75 northbound from Ohio117/309 is closed as of August 29 to allow for construction of the new northbound ramp and new northbound pavement on Interstate 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.
-The exit ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to Ohio 117/309 remains open.
Ohio 117/309 is at least one lane in each direction without a center turn lane from the interchange area with Interstate 75 to Bowman Road near the Allen County Fairgrounds during a safety upgrade project which will reconstruct areas of the pavement and install a raised curb median in the center of the roadway. This part of the project will be completed this fall. Traffic will be affected as follows in the coming weeks:
-Traffic on Ohio 117/309 in the area of the interchange with I-75 will be temporarily stopped for short intervals on Friday, October 25, from early afternoon until late in the night, and again on Saturday, October 26 from 7 a.m. to mid afternoon to allow for setting of sections of a concrete culvert. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers.
-Traffic between Roschman Avenue (Bob Evans) and the Allen County Fairgrounds is now at least one lane in each direction with eastbound traffic traveling on the south side of the roadway and westbound traffic traveling on the north side of the roadway.
-Left turns into and out of businesses and residences are permitted except between Roschman Avenue and Mt. Holyoke Avenue (Taco Bell) where the raised-curb median is now in place. U-turns are permitted westbound to go eastbound at the Ohio 117/Willard Ave. intersection and eastbound to go westbound at the Mt. Holyoke Ave. intersection.
-Paving of the final layer of asphalt from Roschman Avenue to the east will continue this weekend and into next week. Pavement striping is expected to begin in two weeks.
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.
-Traffic on Neubrecht Road has been switched onto the new lanes of travel on the west side of the roadway but there is no change in traffic pattern.
-Paving of the new lanes of Ohio 81 is under way. Motorists are cautioned to be aware of equipment entering and exiting the highway throughout the work zone. Traffic is expected to be on the new lanes of the roadway by the end of the year.
Ohio 309 at the eastbound U.S. 30 entrance ramp near Delphos will have occasional lane restrictions through the work zone during drainage work. The majority of the work will take place along the roadside. Work is being performed by Platinum Painting Services, Boardman, Ohio.
U.S. 30 bridge approach work just west of Ohio 115 is now complete.
Interstate 75 southbound will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge joint repair at the following locations and on the following days in the upcoming week. The restrictions will be in place generally between the hours of 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. Work is being performed by the Hancock County ODOT maintenance garage:
-Monday and Tuesday between U.S. 224 and Ohio 12
-Wednesday and Thursday between Ohio 12 and Harrison Street
Ohio 31 just north of County Road 200 is now open. Some minor finish work remains to be completed with traffic maintained.
Ohio 15 between the Defiance County line north of Rice and Ohio 634 north of Continental will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for drainage repair. Work is being performed by the Putnam County ODOT maintenance garage.
Ohio 66 between the Van Wert County line south of Ottoville and the Paulding County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for catch basin maintenance. Work is being performed by the Putnam County ODOT maintenance garage.
Ohio 189 between Ottoville and Vaughnsville will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for catch basin maintenance. Work is being performed by the Putnam County ODOT maintenance garage.
Ohio 694 at Township Road 21 is restricted to one lane through the work zone at times during drainage work. The majority of the work is taking place along the roadside. Work is being performed by Platinum Painting Services, Boardman, Ohio.
U.S. 224 from Ohio 65 to the corporation limit of Kalida restricted to one lane through the work zone for resurfacing, berm work and pavement markings. Work is being performed by Bluffton Paving, Bluffton.
Ohio 108 resurfacing south of Miller City is now complete.
Ohio 694 resurfacing from the west Glandorf corporation limit to the south Glandorf corporation limit is now complete.
Van Wert County
Ohio 49 north of U.S. 30 to the Paulding County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the Van Wert County ODOT maintenance garage.