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
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
Among the most
prominent features of the Wooster Street interchange roundabout project:
- Improved safety by
reducing crash severity.
- Rehabilitated bridge
- 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.