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Fourth  Street Bridge Over I-75 to Close
Bridge project is the first phase of the reconstruction of Interstate 75 through Lima
LIMA (Tuesday, February 21, 2012)The Fourth Street bridge over Interstate 75 in Lima will close on February 27 until late fall to allow for a total replacement of the structure.
The ramps at Fourth Street will remain open during the majority of the construction. There will be a 30-day closure of the entrance ramps to northbound and southbound Interstate 75 from Fourth Street, likely in May. The closure is necessary to maintain traffic on Interstate 75 during certain construction operations.
The exit ramps from Interstate 75 to Fourth Street will remain open during the entire period of construction; however, traffic will not be permitted across the bridge.
Also scheduled for replacement this year is the Reservoir Road bridge over Interstate 75. Work on that structure will not begin until May. Reservoir Road at that time will be closed until late fall as will Bryn Mawr Road from its intersection with Reservoir Road to Elm Street.

Traffic on Interstate 75 will be minimally affected during the reconstruction of both the Fourth Street and Reservoir Road projects. Eagle Bridge of Sidney is the contractor for Phase 1.
 
“The replacement of these two structures marks the beginning of a significant project for the Lima area,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. “The investment in Interstate 75 over the next four years will upgrade our areas’ most important highway to a modern, safer and more economically attractive corridor,” he said.
The Fourth Street and Reservoir Road bridge replacement projects are phase 1 of a three-phase project which will reconstruct Interstate 75 through Lima from just north of Ohio 81 to the Auglaize County line. Phase 2 and 3, which is the reconstruction of the mainline of Interstate 75, will begin in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
 
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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email
D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us