LIMA (Friday, February 14, 2014) Traffic will be impacted on U.S. 224 at Interstate 75 in Findlay next week as the first work of the reconstruction of the interchange begins.
Beginning Monday, U.S. 224 over Interstate 75 will be reduced from five lanes to three, one lane in each direction with left turn lanes onto the ramps, while crews place temporary pavement on the inside shoulders of the ramps at the interchange.
The temporary pavement is needed to maintain traffic during reconstruction of the interchange. Full access to and from the interchange will be maintained during this initial phase of work.
The first anticipated closure of the U.S. 224 bridge is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of February 28 when the south half of the existing bridge will be demolished. During the time of bridge demolition, the ramps at the interchange will essentially become the lanes of Interstate 75 as traffic on Interstate 75 will be directed up and over the ramps. This will begin at 9 p.m. Friday and continue until 6 a.m. the following Monday at which time the bridge will reopen.
“We are utilizing the exit and entrance ramps to direct traffic around the work being done over Interstate 75,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
During that weekend, access across the bridge on U.S. 224, access to U.S. 224 from Interstate 75, and access to all ramps to and from Interstate 75 will be prohibited.
Prior to demolition, traffic on the U.S. 224 bridge will be shifted to the north half of the bridge and will be reduced to two lanes, one lane in each direction with no turn lanes. This pattern will remain in place once the bridge reopens to traffic.
“The aggressive schedule of this project requires the contractor to begin as early as possible. We ask that motorists use caution when traveling through this area as winter driving conditions will now be mixed with a work zone,” said Slusher.
The interchange project involves replacing the bridge on U.S. 224 over Interstate 75, widening the roadway from five lanes to six to create two travel lanes in each direction and a dedicated turn lane onto Interstate 75 for each direction, reconstructing the ramps, replacing the existing traffic signals, and constructing a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge from Broad Street to North Ridge Road.
The project is one of several state wide which will be constructed entirely with funds secured from Ohio Turnpike bonding. The projects were approved last October by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Committee after being approved and submitted by the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC).