Construction of the noise walls along Interstate 75 between Ohio 117/309 and Reservoir Road is expected to begin next week with the mobilization of materials and equipment. Foundation work for the walls is expected to begin the week of November 11.
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.
By the end of November traffic on Interstate 75 will be traveling on new concrete pavement from just south of Fourth Street to Reservoir Road and then be transitioned back to the existing pavement.
Paving just north of the Ohio 117/309 interchange to Reservoir Road in the northbound and southbound lanes outside the barrier wall continues. During paving operations, 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.
Occasional nighttime lane closures will continue on Interstate 75 throughout the zone from Fourth Street to Ohio 81 generally from 7 p.m. until approximately 10 a.m. the following day. Normal traffic patterns of two lanes in each direction will resume during daytime hours.
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.
Traffic cameras to view the construction area may be accessed at www.odotlima75.com, or at www.Ohgo.com.
Please drive slowly through the construction zone.
Ohio 117/309 Interchange
The southbound entrance and exit ramps to and from Interstate 75 closed October 7 and will remain closed until late November. The closure allows for the construction of the new ramps at the interchange and facilitates construction of the Ohio 117/309 roadway itself. Traffic wishing to access Interstate 75 northbound or southbound is directed to Ohio 117 east to Greely Chapel Road to Fourth Street. Interstate 75 southbound traffic wishing to access Ohio 117/309 is directed to Fourth Street to Interstate 75 northbound back to Ohio 117/309.
The entrance ramp from Ohio 117/309 to Interstate 75 northbound remains closed as well.
The exit ramp from Interstate 75 northbound to Ohio 117/309 remains open.
Traffic on Ohio 117/309 remains one lane in each direction from the interchange to Willard Avenue (Speedway). This traffic pattern will remain through mid December.
Fourth Street Interchange
All ramps at the Fourth Street interchange are open.
Johnny Appleseed Bike Path
The Johnny Appleseed bike path in the area of the CF&E Railroad under Interstate 75 reopened October 24.
The path will close again in the future to allow for construction of the retaining walls at the bridge.
Ohio 117/309 Safety Upgrade Project
The project is nearing completion between Eastern Ave. (Pat’s Donuts) and the Allen County Fairgrounds.
Paving of driveways is expected to be completed by the end of this week. Areas will be prepared for grass seed this week as well.
Over the next two weeks work will continue on traffic signals, signs, and pavement striping. Traffic will continue to be restricted during these operations to one lane in each direction.
It is expected that by mid-November all orange traffic barrels will be removed from the roadway.
All traffic on Ohio 81 from just west of Stewart Road to just west of Neubrecht Road is maintained one lane in each direction in the existing eastbound lanes during reconstruction and realignment of the existing roadway.
Work on paving the new concrete pavement continues. It is anticipated that traffic will be traveling on the new roadway by the end of the year.
Traffic on Neubrecht Road approaching Ohio 81 has been switched onto the new pavement on the west side of the roadway. No change in traffic pattern has resulted.
The ramp from northbound Interstate 75 to eastbound Ohio 81 (exit 127 A) is closed; however, access to eastbound Ohio 81 is maintained by using the existing loop ramp on the northeast side of the interchange. A temporary signal is controlling ramp traffic.