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Ramp Closures Set for U.S. 24, Ohio 66 Interchange


Lima (Thursday, July 1, 2010) – Ramp closures at the U.S. 24 and Ohio 66 interchange near Defiance which is currently being reconstructed will begin July 6, said Leonard E. Brown, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
The ramps on the south side of the interchange (the exit ramp from eastbound U.S. 24 to Ohio 66, and the entrance ramp from Ohio 66 to eastbound U.S. 24) will be closed for reconstruction beginning July 6.

Traffic will be detoured as follows during this phase:
• Ohio 66 northbound – Traffic detoured onto westbound Ohio 15/18 to eastbound U.S. 24 to Domersville Road to westbound U.S. 24 back to northbound Ohio 66.
• Ohio 66 southbound – Traffic detoured onto westbound U.S. 24 to eastbound Ohio 15/18 back to southbound Ohio 66.
• Eastbound U.S. 24 traffic wishing to access southbound Ohio 66 will be detoured onto eastbound Ohio 15/18 to southbound Ohio 66.
• Eastbound U.S. 24 traffic wishing to access northbound Ohio 66 will be detoured to Domersville Road to westbound U.S. 24 to northbound Ohio 66.

Then on August 17, both the south side interchange ramps and the new Ohio 66 bridge over U.S. 24 will open to traffic. At the time the new structure and ramps open, the ramps on the north side (the exit ramp from westbound U.S. 24 to Ohio 66, and the entrance ramp from Ohio 66 to westbound U.S. 24) will then close for reconstruction. The ramps on the north side are scheduled to open September 23.

The scenario for the ramp closures was suggested by the contractor, Mosser Construction, and will expedite the work and shorten the closure times on the project. “The ramps on the north side of the interchange were originally going to be closed until late October. Working in the manner suggested by the contractor helps them to reconstruct the ramps more efficiently which equals less closure time,” said Brown.

The changes in the ramp reconstruction phasing mean the entire interchange will be available to the public five weeks ahead of the original schedule. “We can detour traffic efficiently because the Ohio 15/18 interchange is so close in proximity to the Ohio 66 interchange which minimizes the inconvenience to travelers,” said Brown.

Even though the bridge and ramps will be opened to traffic sooner than originally scheduled, roadway work south of the interchange will continue until late October.

The closures are related to an overall project, which began in March, to reconstruct the Ohio 66 bridge over U.S. 24. The bridge, which was closed March 1, is being replaced and widened. Also as part of the project, Ohio 66 from the U.S. 24 interchange to Sessions Avenue is under going widening and preparation for installation of a raised curb median.

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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