TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - If you travel I-75 through Toledo, you are well aware of all the construction from the I-475 split north. The multi-year project was divided into two sections, and we have an update from ODOT on the progress.
I-75 has been under construction from the 475 split to the 280 interchange since 2015. One portion of the project wrapped up this past weekend, the other section is scheduled to be finished next fall.
This is one of the busiest stretches of road in the region, with more than 115,000 vehicles driving it every day. Kyle Ruedel is a Project Engineer with the Ohio Department of Transportation, "We're not building just for right now. We're building for 20, 30, 40 years in the future."
Ruedel says work is now finished near the I-280/ I-75 interchange with three lanes of traffic open. Ruedel says there are other noticeable changes for drivers, "We created an additional ramp for the Stickney exit with additional room so people aren't driving across lanes trying to make it to the exit."
While that work is finished, work continues from the I-475 split to Lagrange. Eric Laeng is a Project Engineer working on that section of I-75, "We spend a lot of time and effort to keep two lanes of traffic moving in both directions. Safety, smoother traffic flow and increased capacity are the main goals of these projects. "
Laeng says that part of the project is expected to be finished next fall, "When we're done with this portion of the job you will see eastbound 475 will have two lanes to northbound and southbound 75. If you're driving on southbound 75, there will be two lanes to westbound 475 and two lanes to southbound 75."
When it comes to the heavy truck traffic on the road, Ruedel says that was factored in from the start, "That part starts several years before you see boots on the ground. That goes into the design phase, making sure below the pavement is strong enough and making sure the thickness and materials we use can handle that pounding for the life of the pavement and beyond. We work with the next 20, 30, 50 years in mind."
The cost for the entire project is about $130 million, and there will soon be a big return on that investment for drivers. There are of course quite a few ODOT projects around the region right now
We've posted a link to ODOT's website to help keep you updated on the progress of each one.