LIMA - Beaver Excavating of Canton is the apparent low bidder for the contract which will reconstruct Interstate 75 from Fourth Street to Ohio 81 in Lima beginning this spring.

Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director, said the official awarding of the contract won't occur for about a month until after a review of the bidding documents is complete.

The apparent successful bid submitted by Beaver was $63,088,742.

"Once the contract is officially awarded we will begin working with the contractor to develop a schedule of when the various components of work will take place," said Slusher.

ODOT plans to hold a public meeting prior to the beginning of major construction. The time and date of the meeting is yet to be determined. "We'll share as much as we can at that time regarding how the contractor plans to sequence the major aspects of the project," he said.

The project, referred to as Phase 2, will reconstruct the existing lanes of the interstate from Fourth Street to just north of Ohio 81. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Ohio 81 and Ohio 117/309 interchanges and a safety upgrade to Ohio 309 east of the Interstate 75 interchange.

Phase 1 of the Interstate 75 reconstruction project, which is the replacement of the Fourth Street and Reservoir Road bridges over Interstate 75 in Lima, took place this past construction season and will be completed in the spring. Both structures were opened to traffic last fall.

Phase 3, from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, will begin in 2014. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Breese Road and Ohio 65 interchanges as well as the replacement of the Hanthorn and McClain Road bridges over Interstate 75.

In addition to issuing media releases regarding the project, the department is communicating project updates through email, a dedicated project Web site, and social media. Those wishing to receive updates directly to their email may send their request to Rhonda Pees, ODOT District 1 public information officer, at rhonda.pees@dot.state.oh.us.

Project information may be found at www.facebook.com/ODOTLima75; on Twitter, prefaced with #ODOTLima75, athttps://twitter.com/#!/ODOT_NWOhio; and on the Web at www.odotlima75.org.