Field Studies Set to Begin for I-75 Widening Project
LIMA (Monday, July 16, 2012) – Field studies in preparation for the widening and reconstruction of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County will begin Tuesday, said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 deputy director.
ODOT District 1 is proposing to reconstruct and widen Interstate 75 in Hancock County from the area south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the Ohio 15/U.S. Route 68 interchange, to the County Road 99 interchange in Findlay. The purpose of the project is to improve the safety and efficiency of the corridor and increase its capacity.
The project is being developed and could be under construction as early as 2016, depending upon funding. The project is currently not funded for construction.
As part of the project development process, a team of ODOT consultants will conduct field studies beginning July 17 through August 31.
“We’ll be looking for things that may have historical significance, wetlands, protected wildlife, property lines, drainage features and any potentially contaminated sites so we can have an accurate assessment of what exists within the project area,” said Slusher. The information collected will be included in the environmental document which is required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
The proposed project will add one travel lane in both the northbound and southbound direction along I-75 within the project area. The interchanges at U.S. 68/SR 15 and Lima Avenue will also be reconstructed as part of the project.
The project will be discussed in detail at an upcoming public meeting.
Questions concerning the project may be directed to:
Eric Scheckelhoff, Project Manager
Ohio Department of Transportation District 1
1885 North McCullough Street, Lima, OH 45801
Ohio’s 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) 999-6803; or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us