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Breese Road bridge demolition to affect I-75 traffic

Interstate 75 traffic to be routed up and over the interchange ramps next week

LIMA (Thursday, 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.

During this 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.


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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
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