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Ohio Department of Transportation    News Release
District 1    Kirk Slusher, P.E., District Deputy Director
1885 North McCullough St. • Lima, Ohio 45801
ODOT reflects on accomplishments of 2015
Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima enters final year
LIMA (Tuesday, January 19, 2016) Motorists traveling through the Lima region are experiencing a more pleasant drive because of the significant work which was accomplished on the Interstate 75 reconstruction project during 2015.
In 2012, ODOT District 1 began the first of three projects to reconstruct the existing lanes and reconstruct all interchanges and bridges on Interstate 75 in the city of Lima and Allen County from just north of Ohio 81 near Stewart Road to the Auglaize County line. The third and final project, between Fourth Street and the Auglaize County line, will be completed this year.
The $150 million project is the largest transportation investment ever made in Allen County since the interstate was first constructed in the 1950s.
 “We worked with our contractor to accelerate the schedule on this final phase. We wanted to eliminate the need for concrete barrier wall and reduce the number of areas where traffic patterns switched to create more comfortable driving conditions for motorists and our maintenance forces during the winter,” said Kirk Slusher, deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1.
Slusher noted some of the most significant milestones of the Interstate 75 reconstruction project of last year:
·       Traffic was returned to a normal driving pattern from Fourth Street to Cridersville in late 2015. The exception is a segment through the Ohio 65 interchange area where barrier wall remains and traffic continues to travel in a contraflow pattern.
·       The McClain Road bridge over Interstate 75, which was closed in the fall of 2014, was reopened to traffic in December 2015.
  • The function of newly-installed traffic signals at the interchange ramps at Ohio 117/309 and Ohio 81, at the intersection of Leonard Avenue and Kibby Street, and throughout the Ohio 117/309 corridor east of Interstate 75 was improved. Each location is now operating by radar which is more efficient in detecting traffic.
  • Beams for the new Hanthorn Road bridge over Interstate 75 are now in place. The bridge is expected to reopen in late spring 2016.
  • The third and final project is 80 percent complete and on schedule to be finished this fall.
Other significant accomplishments during 2015 within District 1:
  • Received the Don Conaway Partnering Award for two projects: a project to develop a district campus at the ODOT District 1 headquarters, Lima; and the reconstruction of the interchange of Interstate 75 and U.S. 224, Findlay.
  • Rehabilitated U.S. 23/U.S. 30 around the city of Upper Sandusky
  • Completed the first phase of a joint repair project on Interstate 75 in Hancock County
  • Completed the second phase of the reconstruction of Main Street in the city of Van Wert
  • Completed a resurfacing and slope repair project along U.S. 68/Ohio 15 near Findlay
In addition to those projects completed by contractors, ODOT District 1’s own highway forces completed the following in 2015:
  • Used 10,400 tons of asphalt in pavement repair
  • Chipped and sealed 163 lane miles of state highway (1.2 million square yards)
  • Placed 26,286 tons of berm stone
  • Repaired 4,868 feet of guardrail
  • Used 22,000 gallons of material to seal pavement cracks
  • Applied 127 miles of traffic paint
  • Repaired 9,575 signs
  • Sealed 7,388 square yards of bridge decks
  • Repaired 3,038 square feet of bridge deck
  • Installed 5,067 feet of culvert pipe
“ODOT is a national leader in pavement and bridge conditions and we will continue that tradition in 2016. By effectively planning and executing our work plan, we will continue to be an example of excellence in government through well planned construction and maintenance practices,” said Slusher.
For more on the reconstruction of Interstate 75 and other projects upcoming in the area visit the ODOT District 1 website at
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.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email