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ODOT to Hold Public Meeting Regarding I75 Reconstruction
Maintenance of traffic, construction schedule to be discussed
LIMA (Thursday, February 28, 2013)The reconstruction of Interstate 75 and adjoining projects taking place on Ohio 117/309 and Ohio 81 in Lima this construction season will be discussed during a public meeting conducted by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 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 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 Beaver Excavating will be available to address questions throughout the evening.
 
The reconstruction of Interstate 75 will take place in three phases. This meeting will focus on the current phase of the project, referred to as Phase 2, which will reconstruct the existing lanes of the interstate from Fourth Street to just north of Ohio 81. This phase also includes the reconstruction of the Ohio 81 and Ohio 117/309 interchanges, the reconstruction and realignment of Ohio 81 from Neubrecht Road to Stewart Road, and a safety upgrade to Ohio 117/309 east of the Interstate 75 interchange to the Allen County Fairgrounds.
 
Construction on this phase is expected to begin in early March. Completion is expected in 2015.
 
Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director, said the meeting will provide the public with information about what they can expect over the next several months. “We will explain the general sequence of construction, and how and when travel will be affected,” said Slusher. “We want to convey the impacts the project will have and encourage dialogue and attendance at the meeting,” 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.
 
Phase 1 of the Interstate 75 reconstruction project, which is the replacement of the Fourth Street and Reservoir Road bridges over Interstate 75 in Lima, took place this past construction season and will be completed in the spring. Both structures were opened to traffic last fall.
 
Phase 3, from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street, will begin in 2014. 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. Completion of this phase is expected to be 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