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D02.PIO@dot.ohio.gov 419-373-4428

Double roundabout interchange at Wooster Street and
I-75 set to open Saturday

Project was completed on time, despite wet spring

BOWLING GREEN (July 26, 2019) – A double roundabout interchange at Wooster Street (state Routes 64/105) and Interstate 75 in Bowling Green is set to open Saturday, beginning what will be a series of planned roundabouts on the Wooster Street corridor in the city.

Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 2, the city of Bowling Green, and Bowling Green State University held a press conference today at the interchange to announce the opening, which will occur some time Saturday.

The project began in August of 2018 and was completed on schedule, despite construction occurring during one of the wettest springs on record. It was ODOT's intent to have the interchange open before the university's move-in day for new students this August.

"We kept an aggressive schedule on this project, despite the weather, and were able to coordinate with the community to keep Wooster Street open for special events," said Pat McColley, deputy director for ODOT District 2. 

Utilizing roundabouts as interstate connections is a forward-thinking, modern approach to highway design. "Roundabouts are much more efficient than a standard signalized interchange and can easily handle additional traffic demands," said McColley.

The Wooster Street location is one of three in northwest Ohio where interstates are connected to local roads via roundabouts -- the others being I-75 at Jeep Parkway in Toledo, and I-75 at Lima Avenue in Findlay, which is still under construction.

Among the most prominent features of the Wooster Street interchange roundabout project:

  • Improved safety by reducing crash severity.
  • Rehabilitated bridge deck.
  • Safe pedestrian and bike travel via a multi-use path.
  • Decorative lighting and artful bridge design, creating a gateway to the city.

ODOT officials noted traffic on Wooster Street over I-75 was maintained, except for a two-month complete closure needed at the end of the project.

There will be three, overnight, 7 p.m-7 a.m. closures of the Wooster St. bridge over I-75 for final surface paving.

To view a video produced by the Federal Highway Administration regarding roundabouts, please click the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhHzly_6lWM

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 $3 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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