Traffic switch, lane and exit closures to occur Tuesday
Dates to Note:
Nov. 14-15 – Interstate 75
southbound far right lane to close during traffic switch, no access to
Findlay exits available (details below)
Nov. 20, 21 and
22 – Ramp from U.S. 68/state Route 15 to Interstate 75
southbound will close during setting of bridge beams for the new flyover
ramp (details below).
LIMA (Nov. 10, 2017) - The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction
and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are occurring
or scheduled to occur in the coming weeks:
Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound from south of the
U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 313 continues to be reduced
to one lane through the work zone for construction of bridge piers for the
future flyover ramp at the interchange.
The restriction is in place from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night.
Two lanes in each direction on Interstate 75 are maintained
during daytime hours.
The Interstate 75 northbound lanes from the U.S. 68/state Route
15 interchange to county Road 99 have been shifted to the right onto the
- Two lanes of traffic are
maintained during daytime hours. Some nighttime lane closures will
- The legal speed through the
work zone is reduced when workers are present.
- Speed limits are displayed
via electronic message boards which display the legal, posted speed
through the zone.
I-75 southbound from just south of the U.S.
68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 99 is operating in a contraflow
traffic pattern, meaning one lane of
southbound traffic is traveling on the northbound side of the interstate,
separated by barrier wall, at various locations through the zone.
midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and continuing until 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov.
15, the far right, southbound lane of Interstate 75 will close in order to
shift traffic and for placement of pavement markings.
o During the closure, it will not be possible to
access the exits to Findlay from I-75 southbound.
o The exit from I-75 southbound to county Road 99
will be accessible during this time, but exiting from county Road 99 to
southbound I-75 will not be possible.
Once the traffic
switch is complete, one lane of I-75 southbound will be traveling on new
pavement next to the median wall.
U.S. 68/State Route 15 Interchange with Interstate 75
On Nov. 20, 21 and 22, the
entrance ramp from U.S. 68/state Route 15 to I-75 southbound will close during nighttime
hours only, beginning at approximately 3 p.m. each day until 7 a.m. the
following day, for setting of bridge beams for the new flyover ramp over the
railroad and over the existing I-75 southbound to U.S. 68 loop ramp.
will be detoured to I-75 northbound to state Route 12 back to I-75 southbound.
I-75 southbound to U.S. 68 loop ramp will remain open during the operation,
but traffic will be temporarily halted at times while beams are set and
The exit ramp from I-75 northbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15
(exit 156) closed June 19 for approximately three years.
Traffic is detoured north to the state Route 12 interchange to
Interstate 75 southbound back to U.S. 68/state Route 15. (see map)
All other ramps at the interchange remain open.
State Route 12
interchange with Interstate 75
All exits at the state
Route 12 interchange are currently open.
U.S. 224 interchange
with Interstate 75
entrance and exit ramps to and from Interstate 75 at U.S. 224 closed mid
October and are scheduled to reopen in late November (see
Traffic on U.S. 224
wishing to access southbound Interstate 75 will be detoured north onto
Interstate 75 to the county Road 99 interchange back to Interstate 75
Interstate 75 southbound wishing to access U.S. 224 will continue south onto
Interstate 75 to the state Route 12 interchange to Interstate 75 northbound
back to U.S. 224.
ramps at the interchange remain open.
River Road and Howard Street
· River Road and Howard Street, north and south of the Blanchard River
beneath Interstate 75, are closed periodically as needed through late fall
during reconstruction of the bridge carrying Interstate 75 over the Blanchard
· Access to all residences and businesses will be maintained.
Harrison Street over Interstate 75
Street over Interstate 75 closed May 15 for approximately nine months
for reconstruction. Traffic on Interstate 75 in
the area of Harrison Street will be restricted to one lane at times for
work related to the reconstruction of the bridge.
- Placement of the concrete
deck on the bridge is complete.
- Access to the Oakwoods Nature
Preserve during the closure of the Harrison Street overpass will be
available at all times during construction by accessing county Road 144
from the north via Sandusky Street.
- The bridge is scheduled to be
closed until February 2018 but could potentially be open by the end of
Service road construction
Construction of a service road off Lima Avenue connecting to
Lake Cascades north of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange is under way.
The vast majority of the construction is complete.
Final tie-in to Lima Avenue will occur in the third and final
year of construction in 2020.
Noise wall construction
Construction of noise walls is under way.
- Construction of the
foundations for the wall has begun in the south end of the project area on
the east side of the interstate near Harrison Street and is proceeding
to the north.
- Construction of all noise
walls is expected to be completed in July 2018.
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 May 2020.
Beaver Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor.
The Ohio Department
of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the
transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy
movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year
enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation
through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
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projects are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C.
327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed
by FHWA and ODOT.