More closures coming to S.R. 25 as ODOT continues work on diverging diamond interchange

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (13abc Action News) - It's a project that's been giving drivers in Perrysburg headaches for months.

"It has been rough, very inconvenient," said Perrysburg resident Shelly Kepford.

"Just stay away from Perrysburg for a while until they get it done," said Jerry Aufdenkampe of Perrysburg.

Crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation have been working on the stretch of State Route 25 near I-475 since last fall. They are installing a diverging diamond interchange, which ODOT says will create a safer commute for everyone.

But the slow downs and backups from the construction are trying drivers' patience.

"It makes for commuting to work in the morning really difficult because there's a long line of people backed up," said Kepford.

Starting Monday, drivers will encounter yet another bump on their commute through that area. ODOT is set to close the off ramp from southbound I-475 for five weeks.

"It's a full depth pavement repair, so it's going to take some time and that's why we really need traffic off of it so we can do that work," said Rebecca Shirling with ODOT.

Shirling says the suggested detour should only add a few extra minutes to drivers' commutes.

"Go up northbound I-75—to the U.S. 20 exit—turn around and come back," said Shirling.

Other work on the project eventually includes a full overpass closure…and overhauling the northbound ramps.

"We just ask for drivers to be patient with us," said Shirling. "Give yourself extra time as you're coming into this work zone."

Even though the work is causing headaches now, drivers say they think the pain will be worth it in the end.

"I think it will be really worthwhile for traffic because it will be less congested," said Kepford.