U.S. 24 Traffic to be Diverted

LIMA – Traffic on U.S. 24 will be diverted up and over the ramps at the Ohio 15/18 interchange in Defiance for three nights beginning Tuesday to allow for demolition work.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Tuesday, eastbound and westbound traffic on U.S. 24 will be diverted up and over the ramps at the interchange to allow for the demolition of the east half of the original Ohio 15/18 bridge, said Tim Burkepile, Ohio Department of Transportation District One deputy director. Demolition work will take place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day weather permitting, he said.

Traffic on U.S. 24 and on Ohio 15/18 will be maintained by flaggers at all times during the demolition. Traffic on Ohio 15/18 and on U.S. 24 will be stopped occasionally for short periods. Law enforcement will be stationed at the top of the ramps and also on U.S. 24 during the demolition.

Emergency vehicles will be escorted through the work zone by law enforcement. “The Defiance Hospital, law enforcement and project personnel will be in radio contact throughout the demolition work to assure that there is no delay is emergency vehicles accessing the hospital,” said Burkpile.

The Ohio 15/18 bridge and interchange is being upgraded as part of the expansion of U.S. 24 from Ohio 424 to Ohio 15 west of Defiance. Construction on the bridge began in 2006 and is expected to be completed this fall.

The west half of the original bridge was demolished and the new half reconstructed while traffic was maintained on the east side. “We’re now to the point in the project where we can begin work on the other half of the bridge now that traffic is running on the new western portion,” said Burkepile.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rhonda Pees, ODOT District 1, 419-999-6803