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HANCOCK COUNTY: Northbound ramps at Lima Avenue and U.S. 68/state Route 15 to be open by Saturday morning

New ramp from Lima Avenue to I-75 northbound to open

The following are current or upcoming traffic impacts related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 in Hancock County through the city of Findlay. All work is weather dependent.


LIMA AVENUE and U.S. 68/state Route 15

The following traffic impacts will occur at Lima Avenue and U.S. 68/state Route 15 beginning late Friday evening of June 7 into Saturday morning, June 8:

  • The northbound ramps at U.S. 68/state Route 15 at Lima Avenue on the east side of U.S. 68/state Route 15, near Cooper Tire, will reopen following construction related to a roundabout.
    • Once the ramps are open, traffic on the west side of U.S. 68/state Route 15 will use part of the new roundabout to access U.S. 68/state Route 15 and Lima Avenue. Traffic on the east side of U.S. 68/state Route 15 will use part of the roundabout to access Lima Avenue, U.S. 68/state Route 15 and I-75 northbound. Also, a new ramp from Lima Avenue to northbound I-75 will be opened.
    • Traffic on U.S. 68/state Route 15 through the Lima Avenue interchange area will be traveling in a new pattern and will be placed on temporary pavement.
      • Once traffic is removed from U.S. 68/state Route 15, demolition of the existing bridge over Lima Avenue will begin.
  • Truck traffic will no longer be permitted to utilize sections of Main Street and Lake Cascades Parkway that had been part of the detour. Signs which indicate trucks are prohibited on these sections will be uncovered and visible.
  • Lima Avenue traffic will still not be able to travel east or west beneath U.S. 68/state Route 15.
    • No access from U.S. 68 southbound to Lima Avenue eastbound, or from U.S. 68 northbound to Lima Avenue westbound is possible.
      • To access Lima Avenue on the west side of U.S. 68/state Route 15, traffic is detoured to I-75 northbound to the state Route 12 interchange to I-75 southbound back to Lima Avenue.
      • To access Lima Avenue on the east side of U.S. 68/state Route 15, traffic is detoured onto U.S. 68/state Route 15 southbound to the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange south of Findlay, to U.S. 68/state Route 15 northbound back to Lima Avenue.
  • Lima Avenue closed Oct. 15, 2018 and will remain closed until the end of the 2019 construction season during construction of a roundabout.

Mainline Intetstate 75

On Saturday, May 8, the following traffic pattern shifts will occur on Interstate 75:

  • I-75 northbound, from just north of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to state Route 12, will be shifted to the right (east).
  • The current auxiliary lane on I-75 northbound at the merge with U.S. 68/state Route 15 will remain available. The lane allows traffic wishing to exit onto state Route 12 to remain in the auxiliary lane without merging onto I-75.
  • From state Route 12 to the north, I-75 northbound will be traveling in three lanes and will be in its final traffic pattern.



 

About the Hancock I-75 project:

Interstate 75 will be reconstructed and widened beginning just south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the U.S. Route 68/state Route 15 interchange, to the county Road 99 interchange, Findlay, Hancock County. The project will reconstruct approximately five miles of the existing four lanes of Interstate 75, construct an additional lane of travel in each direction, replace all mainline bridges on I-75, replace the Harrison Street overpass, redesign and reconstruct the interchange between U.S. 68/state Route 15 and Interstate 75, and redesign and reconstruct the interchange with U.S. 68/state Route 15 at Lima Avenue. The project also includes the construction of noise walls at particular locations. Expected completion is fall of 2020. Beaver Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor.

Project information may be found at: http://tinyurl.com/hancock75

ODOT contact information:

Rob White, P.E., construction project engineer 419-999-882; robert.white@dot.state.oh.us

ODOT District 1 public information office 419-999-6803; D01.PIO@dot.ohio.gov

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