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US 224 to closed for the weekend

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The barrels are out and the equipment in place as the Ohio Department of Transportation gets ready for a busy weekend in Findlay.

"It will be tough, but it will be alright," local driver David Brewster said of the construction.

Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 6 a.m. US 224 at I-75 will be shut down so crews can get to work.

Workers are demolishing the southern half of the bridge and rebuilding it.

During the demolition, the ramps at the interchange will essentially become the lanes of I-75 as traffic will be directed up and over the ramps.

It's the first step of an extensive project.

"It's kind of stinky because it's very inconvenient," Wendy Kline, a local driver said.

Many aren't looking forward to the extra congestion or detours.

But most seem to agree the work is necessary.

"It needs to be widened and different things need to be done with it," Kline said.

Crews will be widening the bridge to 6 lanes instead of 5, reconstructing the ramps, replacing traffic signals and constructing a sidewalk on the south side of the bridge.

"I work in the area so it's going to be a big inconvenience," Laron Trice, a local driver told 13abc.

Construction was supposed to start in February, but Mother Nature had other plans.

ODOT says other weather delays aren't out of the questions, but in the meantime, crews will take advantage of the break in the cold and snow.

"I think it's going to be a little bit of a problem," Brewster said.  "Everyone on each side of town knows how to get around."

The weekend won't be the end of the work, crews still have to replace the north side of the bridge.

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