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Final phase of Interstate 75 reconstruction bids
Project will expand work zone farther south on I-75 in Allen County and could begin this winter
LIMA (Thursday, December, 12, 2013) Beaver Excavating of Canton is the apparent low bidder for the contract which will reconstruct five miles of Interstate 75 in Lima and Allen County, possibly beginning this winter.
 
The project, referred to as project 3, will reconstruct the existing two lanes of pavement on Interstate 75 from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street in Lima, reconstruct the Breese Road and Ohio 65 interchanges, and replace the Hanthorn and McClain Road bridges over Interstate 75. Expected completion is 2016.
 
Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director, said the official awarding of the contract won’t occur for about a month until after a review of the bidding documents is complete.
 
The apparent successful bid submitted by Beaver was $60.8 million.
 
It is the last of three projects which will reconstruct approximately nine miles of Interstate 75 through Lima and Allen County.
 
Slusher said a public meeting will be held prior to the start of major construction.
 
“We are focused on communicating how the public will be affected by the project and what can be expected. With the current project on Interstate 75 continuing and another beginning, the impacts to travel will increase and we want to be as informative as we can about that,” he said.
 
A current project on Interstate 75, project 2, began in March of this year and will continue through 2015. Beaver Excavating is the general contractor for this project as well.
 
Project 2 is reconstructing the existing lanes of the interstate from Fourth Street to just north of Ohio 81 and reconstructing the interchanges at Ohio 81 and Ohio 117/309. This phase also included a safety upgrade to Ohio 117/309 from the Interstate 75 interchange to the Allen County fairgrounds which is largely complete.
 
Phase 1, the replacement of the Fourth Street and Reservoir Road bridges over Interstate 75 in Lima, was completed this spring.
 
In addition to issuing media releases regarding the project, the department is communicating project updates through email, a dedicated project Web site: www.odotlima75.com , and social media: www.facebook.com/ODOTLima75; https://twitter.com/#!/ODOT_NWOhio. Those wishing to receive updates directly to their email may send their request to Rhonda Pees, ODOT District 1 public information officer, at rhonda.pees@dot.state.oh.us.
 
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.
 
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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