Year 2019 marked with significant successes for ODOT
projects in northwest Ohio reach milestones
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Friday, Jan. 3,
2020) - Last year was one of significant success for the Ohio Department of
Transportation (ODOT) in northwest Ohio.
“From major construction in partnership
with our contractors to significant improvements on our highways by our own
workforce, 2019 has been the year we hoped for,” said Chris Hughes, deputy
director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, headquartered in
The following are the most notable ODOT
accomplishments within northwest Ohio’s 16-county region:
construction projects see progress
- Beam setting for a new bridge on Interstate 75 over the
Maumee River began in December. This marks a significant milestone in the
overall project which is reconstructing I-75 through the cities of Toledo,
Rossford and Northwood in Lucas and Wood counties. The beams for the
southbound side of the bridge are currently being set and will continue
- A double roundabout interchange at I-75 and state Route
64 in Bowling Green in Wood County opened this summer. The roundabouts
replaced two traffic signals and have greatly improved the functionality
of the interchange. These are the first roundabouts in the city which
plans to construct more throughout its Wooster Street corridor.
- The $114 million widening and reconstruction of
Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County completed its third year.
Most notable during 2019 were the construction of ramps and pavement, a
double roundabout, and a new bridge at the interchange of I-75 with U.S.
68/state Route 15 and Lima Avenue. The entire project is expected to be
completed in fall of 2020.
- A new Clinton Street bridge over the Maumee River in
Defiance opened in early December. The $8.3 million project which began in
late February opened on time, despite heavy rains in the spring which
delayed construction. Work on the project will continue through summer
projects receive funding
- Funding of $79 million was awarded for the widening of
Interstate 475 and construction of a new interchange at U.S. 20A in the
city of Maumee and Monclova Township, Lucas County. The project will widen
I-475 from U.S. 24 to state Route 2 and construct an interchange at U.S.
This is the last phase of the I-475 widening on the west side of Toledo.
The U.S. 20A interchange, which has been talked about for decades, will
relieve congestion from the Dussel/Salisbury interchange, provide easy
access to Toledo Express Airport and Air National Guard base, and has the
support of Dana Incorporated whose world headquarters is located near the
ODOT is approaching 2020 with a renewed focus because its funding future
is now clear. “Economic viability and safety is directly related to a well
maintained and functioning transportation system. Thanks to Governor DeWine and
the general assembly’s leadership in securing additional funding through the
increased gas user fee, we’ll be able to continue maintaining and improving the
highway system in Ohio for years to come,” said Pat McColley, deputy director
for ODOT District 2, headquartered in Bowling Green. “The funding will allow us
to keep planned projects on their scheduled track, and construct additional
projects aimed at improving safety,” he said.
- This spring, crews in the Ottawa County maintenance
garage removed approximately 4,000 tons of lake bottom material including
sand, dirt, and stone that had washed up onto state Route 357 on South
Bass Island (Put-in-Bay). A combination of heavy rain causing high water
levels and strong winds from the northeast caused the lake bottom material
to be pushed up onto state Route 357, completely blocking the highway.
- A new ODOT outpost was opened this summer in North
Baltimore along I-75 in Wood County. The facility serves both ODOT
District 1 and District 2, encompassing a 16-county area. It is the first
outpost in the state constructed to serve two ODOT districts. The outpost
allows for quicker access to the materials and equipment needed to
maintain the widened I-75 corridor, saving resources and improving
response time to winter storms.
- This spring, ODOT made pavement repairs on I-75 between
I-280 and the Ohio/Michigan state line in advance of a Michigan Department
of Transportation (MDOT) reconstruction project on I-75 between the
Ohio/Michigan state line and Erie Road. ODOT's pavement repairs equipped
our interstate to accommodate the two-year MDOT construction project's
plan of maintaining traffic, which has lane restrictions beginning around
Ottawa River Road (Exit 209) in Ohio.
- ODOT crews in Paulding, Putnam, and Hancock counties
collaborated to chip seal 80 lane miles of state Route 613 from the
Indiana/Ohio border across the three counties. The project involved
personnel and resources from across the highway management department.