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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
July 6, 2001

Interstate 75 Project Begins

FINDLAY- A project on Interstate 75 in Hancock County will begin Monday and is expected to have a major impact on traffic said Norman R. Redick, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.

Beginning Monday, traffic will be one lane in each direction on Interstate 75 during a pavement rehabilitation project which will begin just south of U.S. 68 and end at County Road 99 north of the City of Findlay. The project will repair cracks and reinforce the pavement through this area, which is concrete, by inserting steel dowel bars into the pavement. The contractor will then diamond grind the pavement to improve the texture of the surface.

The majority of the work will be done between July 9 and August 30 with continuous lane closures occurring Monday through Thursday during that time.

The contractor, Harper Co. of Hebron, Ky., is prohibited from closing lanes during the day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when traffic is the greatest. The ramps at Ohio 12 and U.S. 224 will also be required to close during the project, but only one ramp may be closed at one time. Each ramp may only be closed for a maximum of two days.

In addition, work site traffic supervisors will be on the site of the project to monitor the flow of traffic and vehicle assistance will be provided 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday to remove disabled vehicles from the work zone.

AThere are several special provisions in this contract to minimize the amount of traffic backups and to move the project along as quickly as possible,@ said Redick. All work will be completed in late September, he said.

ODOT suggests motorists traveling Interstate 75 through Findlay take Ohio 613 and Ohio 235 as an alternate route. The Village of McComb will be bypassed as motorists will be instructed to use Township Road 97 and Ohio 186.

Those traveling between Columbus and Toledo on Ohio 15, U.S. 23 and Interstate 75 through Findlay are advised to take U.S. 23 and U.S. 6 as an alternate route.

A Web site specifically dedicated to the I-75 Hancock project is now available and will provide motorists with the latest information on the project as well as live camera video feeds from the work zone. AThe cameras not only provide our personnel with an added ability to monitor the work zone but allows the public to see what the current traffic conditions are through the project area so they may better plan their travel,@ said Redick.