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U.S. 224 interchange reconstruction project bids
Work could begin as early as January
LIMA (Thursday, December 12, 2013) The contract to reconstruct the U.S. 224 interchange with Interstate 75 in the city of Findlay was placed out for bid today and could be under way this winter.
Miller Brothers Construction Inc. of Archbold was the apparent low bidder for the project with a bid of $10.6 million. The contract will be officially awarded following a review of the bidding documents.
The project involves replacing the bridge on U.S. 224 over Interstate 75, widening the roadway from five lanes to six to create two travel lanes in each direction and a dedicated turn lane onto Interstate 75 for each direction, reconstructing the ramps, replacing the existing traffic signals, and constructing a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge from Broad Street to North Ridge Road.
During construction, traffic on U.S. 224 across the bridge will be maintained the majority of the time. Traffic on Interstate 75 will be maintained at all times.
The project is one of several state wide which will be constructed entirely with funds secured from Ohio Turnpike bonding. The projects were approved last October by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Committee after being approved and submitted by the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC).
To be eligible for Turnpike funds, projects must be approved by the TRAC and be located within 75 miles of the Turnpike. The funding is a result of Governor Kasich’s Jobs and Transportation Plan which bonds against future Turnpike revenue and is expected to generate approximately $1.1 billion for infrastructure projects.
The U.S. 224 interchange reconstruction is part of an overall plan to reconstruct and widen the Interstate 75 corridor to three lanes in each direction from Findlay to Perrysburg. “This is the first of several projects which will improve one of the most important transportation systems in northwest Ohio,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
Slusher said motorists should prepare for consecutive projects occurring on I-75 for the next several years. “Although inconvenient for motorists, the upcoming work we’re about to see on I-75 will make a remarkable difference in safety and in the overall travel experience in our part of Ohio,” he said.
Beginning next year, reconstruction of 31.6 miles of Interstate 75 with the addition of a third lane in each direction will take place from just south of the County Road 99 interchange through Hancock and Wood counties to the Interstate 475 interchange in Perrysburg. The work, estimated at $220 million, will be done in four separate projects, all funded through Turnpike bonding.
Then in 2015 or 2016, the reconstruction and widening of five miles of Interstate 75 from south of Findlay to County Road 99 will begin. This includes the reconstruction of the U.S. 68/Ohio 15 interchange and of the Lima Avenue interchange with U.S. 68/Ohio 15.
 
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