ODOT has updated the reconstruction and widening project in Hancock County through the City of Findlay.
Here is the latest information:
U.S. 224 southbound ramps at Interstate 75 close Tuesday
State route 12 southbound ramps now open
The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are occurring or scheduled to occur in the coming weeks:
Oct. 10, 2017 - The southbound entrance and exit ramps to and from Interstate 75 at U.S. 224 will close for approximately 45 days (details below).
Late October – Construction of noise walls will begin in the south end of the project (details below).
Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound from south of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 313 continues to be reduced to one lane through the work zone for construction of bridge piers for the future flyover ramp at the interchange.
• The restriction is in place from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night.
• Two lanes in each direction on Interstate 75 are maintained during daytime hours.
The Interstate 75 northbound lanes from the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 99 have been shifted to the right onto the outside shoulder.
• Two lanes of traffic are maintained during daytime hours. Some nighttime lane closures will continue.
• The legal speed through the work zone is reduced when workers are present.
• Speed limits are displayed via electronic message boards which display the legal, posted speed through the zone.
I-75 southbound from just south of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 99 is operating in a contraflow traffic pattern, meaning one lane of southbound traffic is traveling on the northbound side of the interstate, separated by barrier wall, at various locations through the zone.
U.S. 68/State Route 15 Interchange with Interstate 75
• The exit ramp from I-75 northbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15 (exit 156) closed June 19 for approximately three years.
• Traffic is detoured north to the state Route 12 interchange to Interstate 75 southbound back to U.S. 68/state Route 15. (see map).
State Route 12 interchange with Interstate 75
• The Interstate 75 southbound entrance and exit ramps at state Route 12 (exit 157) reopened Oct. 5 following reconstruction.
U.S. 224 interchange with Interstate 75
The southbound entrance and exit ramps to and from Interstate 75 at U.S. 224 will close Tuesday, Oct. 10 for approximately 45 days (see map).
· Traffic on U.S. 224 wishing to access southbound Interstate 75 will be detoured north onto Interstate 75 to the county Road 99 interchange back to Interstate 75 southbound.
· Traffic on Interstate 75 southbound wishing to access U.S. 224 will continue south onto Interstate 75 to the state Route 12 interchange to Interstate 75 northbound back to U.S. 224.
River Road and Howard Street
• River Road and Howard Street, north and south of the Blanchard River beneath Interstate 75, are closed periodically as needed through late fall during reconstruction of the bridge carrying Interstate 75 over the Blanchard River.
• Access to all residences and businesses will be maintained.
Harrison Street over Interstate 75
• Harrison Street over Interstate 75 closed May 15 for approximately nine months for reconstruction. Traffic on Interstate 75 in the area of Harrison Street will be restricted to one lane at times for work related to the reconstruction of the bridge.
• Setting of bridge beams for the new bridge has been completed. Work to construct the deck for the driving surface is now under way.
• Access to the Oakwoods Nature Preserve during the closure of the Harrison Street overpass will be available at all times during construction by accessing county Road 144 from the north via Sandusky Street.
Service road construction
Construction of a service road off Lima Avenue connecting to Lake Cascades north of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange is under way.
• The vast majority of the construction is expected to be complete this fall.
• Final tie-in to Lima Avenue will occur in the third and final year of construction in 2020.
Noise wall construction
Construction of noise walls is expected to begin in approximately two weeks.
• Construction of the foundations for the wall will begin in the south end of the project area on the east side of the interstate near Harrison Street and proceed to the north.
• Construction of all noise walls is expected to be completed in July 2018.
About the Hancock I-75 project:
Interstate 75 will be reconstructed and widened beginning just south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the U.S. Route 68/state Route 15 interchange, to the county Road 99 interchange, Findlay, Hancock County. The project will reconstruct approximately five miles of the existing four lanes of Interstate 75, construct an additional lane of travel in each direction, replace all mainline bridges on I-75, replace the Harrison Street overpass, redesign and reconstruct the interchange between U.S. 68/state Route 15 and Interstate 75, and redesign and reconstruct the interchange with U.S. 68/state Route 15 at Lima Avenue. The project also includes the construction of noise walls at particular locations. Expected completion is May 2020. Beaver Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor.