I-75 project in Hancock County enters second year
reflects on 2017 accomplishments, prefaces winter work
LIMA (Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018) - The year 2017 presented the
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) with the opportunity to improve
one of the area’s most valuable assets as the reconstruction and widening
of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County began.
The project began in March.
“We accomplished what we hoped to in the first year of the
project, even with weather setbacks, which included significant rainfall
and flooding of some areas of Findlay and of the Interstate 75 project
area,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director.
The most notable change for motorists is the new pavement
they’re driving on in the southbound direction.
“In mid-December, we switched traffic onto new pavement in the
southbound direction and eliminated the contraflow lane through much of the
project for the winter,” said Slusher.
Elimination of the contraflow lane, which crossed one lane of
southbound traffic onto the northbound side, will aid ODOT maintenance
crews in removing snow from the interstate. It is also necessary so that
the next phase of interstate demolition can occur throughout the winter.
The contraflow pattern on Interstate 75 southbound will
continue through the winter from U.S. 68/state Route 15 to the Lima
Avenue/county Road 313 overpass, he said.
Below are some facts and stats that tell the progress of the
project’s first year. To see a video recap of the project's first year, click here.
reconstruction of the Harrison Street bridge is nearing completion and
is anticipated to reopen to traffic early in 2018.
first phase of the reconstruction of the bridge on Interstate 75 over
the Blanchard River is complete and is now supporting Interstate 75
first phase of demolition of the bridge on Interstate 75 over the
Norfolk Southern railroad is complete.
southbound entrance and exit ramps at both the State Route 12 and U.S.
224 interchanges were reconstructed and reconfigured.
installation of a sizeable water line on the west side of the interstate
near the Blanchard River is complete.
63 percent of the earth work on the project is complete with 628,000
cubic yards of earth moved.
45 percent of the foundation and post work for the noise walls is
complete. It is anticipated that setting of wall panels will begin in
35 percent of the existing pavement on Interstate 75 has been removed,
which equates to about 84,000 square yards.
In addition, the installation of a steel arch beneath
Interstate 75 over an abandoned railroad bridge north of the Blanchard
River was completed. The arch provides for the continued flow of water
beneath the bridge to help alleviate the area’s propensity to flood.
Significant work was also completed on the new, reconfigured
interchange at U.S. 68/state Route 15. The abutments for the new structure
are nearing completion and some of the beams for the new flyover ramp are
set. The flyover ramp will replace the existing and much maligned loop ramp
and will connect Interstate 75 southbound traffic to U.S. 68/State Route 15
and Lima Avenue.
Slusher said significant work will occur over the winter, when
weather permits. Two lanes of traffic on Interstate 75 will continue to be
maintained the majority of the time while construction continues. Some
occasional nighttime closures will occur.
Work will include the following:
of existing pavement on Interstate 75
of the existing bridges over the Blanchard River, and abandoned
railroad for phase two of their reconstruction
of fencing and guardrail work on the Harrison Street bridge with an
anticipated opening in early 2018
of the bridges and ramps at the U.S. 68/State Route 15 interchange
of noise walls
The $113 million project reconstructs and widens 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.
The entire 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.