Breese Road bridge demolition to
affect I-75 traffic
75 traffic to be routed up and over the interchange ramps next week
May 08, 2014) Traffic on Interstate 75 will be
directed up and over the ramps at the Breese Road interchange beginning Monday night
during demolition of the bridge over the interstate.
Beginning at approximately 7 p.m. Monday, Interstate 75 both
northbound and southbound approaching the Breese Road interchange south of Lima
will be funneled into one lane in each direction and diverted onto the ramps of
the interchange as work to demolish the bridge over Interstate 75 takes place.
“The interchange ramps will essentially become the travel
lanes of Interstate 75 during the demolition,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio
Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
phase, access to and from Breese Road and Interstate 75 will be prohibited. Traffic wishing to enter or exit Interstate 75 will be
detoured to National Road near Cridersville or Ohio 65.
The operation will take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
possibly also Thursday of next week beginning at 7 p.m. and continuing until 7
a.m. each day.
Once the demolition phase has been completed, the
interchange ramps will reopen. There will be short-term ramp closures at the
interchange on May 19, 20 and 21 which will occur overnight from 7 p.m. to 7
a.m. each day. The closures, which are necessary to install drainage components
beneath the ramps, will occur at one ramp at a time and will affect the
southbound entrance, southbound exit and northbound exit, respectively.
Long-term ramp closures are scheduled to begin in
approximately three months.
The Breese Road interchange is one of several being
reconstructed as part of an overall project which is rebuilding the existing
lanes of Interstate 75 from the Auglaize County line to just north of Ohio 81
through Lima and Allen County. The project began in 2012 and is expected to
complete in fall of 2016.
information may be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ODOTLima75; on Twitter, prefaced with #ODOTLima75, at https://twitter.com/#!/ODOT_NWOhio; and on the Web at www.odotlima75.org.
highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to
provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the
largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and
accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance
economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely
invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction
program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419)
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us