Harrison Street bridge over I-75, Findlay, set
LIMA (Monday, Jan. 22,
2018) - A significant structure related to the improvement of Interstate
75 through the city of Findlay and Hancock County is nearly complete and set to
reopen this week.
Officials with the Ohio
Department of Transportation District 1 today marked the completion of the
Harrison Street bridge over I-75 with members of the media. The bridge is
expected to reopen this week.
The bridge was closed
in May of last year during a complete reconstruction of the structure. The
structure was nearing the end of its service life and required widening to
accommodate the new lanes of I-75 beneath it. The cost was $3.3 million.
remaining work to be completed on the bridge is the striping on the pavement.
If weather permits, we plan to complete that this week and open it to
traffic," said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1
The Harrison Street
bridge replacement required a more lengthy closure than what is
typically needed. Because the lanes of I-75 beneath Harrison Street
are being reconstructed and expanded, some of the work on the bridge itself
was dependent upon the work taking place beneath it.
"We appreciate the
patience and understanding of those who rely on this bridge for their
travel," said Slusher.
The $113 million
Interstate 75 reconstruction and widening project, which began in March of
2017, will reconstruct and widen approximately five miles of Interstate 75 from
just south of the Harrison Street overpass to the county Road 99 interchange
north of Findlay. The project also includes the replacement of all mainline
bridges on Interstate 75, replacement of the Harrison Street overpass, the redesign
and reconstruction of the interchange between U.S. 68/state Route 15 and
Interstate 75, and the redesign and reconstruction of the interchange with U.S.
68/state Route 15 at Lima Avenue.
reconstruction project is expected to be completed in August 2020. Beaver
Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor on the project.
The Ohio Department of
Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset – the
transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement
of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise,
ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through
maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.