Work on Interstate 75 will restrict traffic Saturday
Friday, March 29, 2013 4:42 PM
LIMA - The first significant work of the season related to the reconstruction of the existing lanes of Interstate 75 through Lima will begin this Friday and Saturday.
A zone of construction barrels will be placed between Fourth Street and Reservoir Road along the outside shoulders of Interstate 75 on Saturday to allow crews to place pavement markings in order to shift traffic during the reconstruction of the lanes.
The work will reduce traffic to one lane in each direction generally between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and is expected to be completed in one day.
Next week, the barrels on Interstate 75 will be replaced with temporary concrete barrier. Setting the barrier will require lane restrictions in both directions and will take place over several nights, generally from 7 p.m. until as late as 10 a.m. the following day in some areas.
In addition to the work on Interstate 75, a significant traffic pattern change will begin Friday on Ohio 117/309 in the area of the Interstate 75 interchange.
Traffic on Ohio 117/309 between Leonard Avenue/Kibby Street to Saratoga Avenue will be shifted into the eastbound lanes, one lane in each direction, to allow for the reconstruction of the north side of the interchange and for work on the north side of the road. Traffic east of Saratoga Avenue will remain two lanes in each direction at this time.
Friday, the ramps to the north side of the interchange at Interstate 75 were closed, likely by mid afternoon, and will remain closed until mid summer. The closure will allow work to begin on reconstructing the ramps. Access to and from Interstate 75 from Ohio117/309 will be maintained in all directions by use of the ramps on the south side of the interchange. Traffic at the interchange will be controlled through temporary traffic signals which will began operating on Friday.
Access to Dean Avenue from Ohio 117/309 will not be possible beginning Friday but instead may be accessed from the north.
Access to all businesses through the project area will be maintained.
"Motorists should expect traffic impacts on both Interstate 75 and on Ohio 117/309 to continue as the weather allows and as we begin significant construction operations," said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. "As always we ask for awareness while traveling through work zones and driver patience," he said.
The reconstruction of Interstate 75 will be done in three projects. The current project will reconstruct the existing lanes of the interstate from Fourth Street to just north of Ohio 81. This project also includes the reconstruction of the Ohio 81 and Ohio 117/309 interchanges, the reconstruction and realignment of Ohio 81 from Neubrecht Road to Stewart Road, and a safety upgrade to Ohio 117/309 east of the Interstate 75 interchange to the Allen County Fairgrounds.