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ODOT to hold public meeting regarding final phase of I75 Reconstruction project in Allen County
Construction on southern section of the interstate to begin this spring
LIMA (Friday, February 07, 2014)The final phase of the reconstruction of Interstate 75 in Lima and Allen County will be discussed during a public meeting conducted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1.

The meeting will be held Thursday, February 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Howard Johnson, 1920 Roschman Avenue, located just east of the Ohio 309 interchange with Interstate 75 on the east side of Lima.
 
Officials with ODOT and representatives of The Beaver Excavating Co., Canton, the contractor for the project, will share the overall features of the project, the general schedule of construction and how traffic will be maintained.
 
Displays of the project will be available for viewing. Representatives from both ODOT and The Beaver Excavating Co. will be available to address questions throughout the evening.
 
The reconstruction of Interstate 75 is occurring in three phases. This meeting will focus on the third and final phase of the project, referred to as project 3, which will reconstruct the existing lanes of the interstate from the Auglaize County line to just south of Fourth Street. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Breese Road and Ohio 65 interchanges as well as the replacement of the Hanthorn and McClain Road bridges over Interstate 75.
 
Construction on this project will begin this spring and is expected to be completed in 2016.
 
While project 3 is just beginning, work continues on project 2 of the Interstate 75 reconstruction from Fourth Street to just north of Ohio 81.
 
“Motorists on Interstate 75 will be traveling in a construction zone through the majority of Lima and Allen County once this third project begins,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director. “It’s our intent to maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction the majority of the time, just as we are now,” he said.
 
Details about the project will be communicated in a number of ways. Those wishing to receive project 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.
 
Project information may also be found at www.facebook.com/ODOTLima75; on Twitter, prefaced with #ODOTLima75, at https://twitter.com/#!/ODOT_NWOhio; and on the Web at www.odotlima75.org.
 
Project 1 of the Interstate 75 reconstruction project, which was the replacement of the Fourth Street and Reservoir Road bridges over Interstate 75 in Lima, was completed last spring.
 
The ongoing project 2, from just south of Fourth Street to Ohio 81, began last spring and is expected to be completed in 2015.
 
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