Fourth Street Bridge Open
Reservoir Road bridge over Interstate 75 still on schedule to open late fall
LIMA (Wednesday, November 07, 2012) – The Fourth Street bridge over Interstate 75 in Lima opened to traffic today marking a major milestone in the progress of Phase 1 of the reconstruction of Interstate 75 through the area.
The Fourth Street bridge closed to traffic in late February to allow for a complete replacement of the structure. As part of the same project, the Reservoir Road bridge over Interstate 75 closed in May and is expected to reopen to traffic in late fall.
The cost of reconstructing both bridges was $7.98 million. The contractor on the project is Eagle Bridge, Sidney.
“Some minor finish work will continue on the Fourth Street bridge, but motorists are now able to use the structure and should see minimal impacts to traffic flow,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
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 will reconstruct the mainline of Interstate 75 and the interchanges through that section, will begin in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The overall project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
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