Dorr St./I-475 interchange opening tonight
“It takes years, if not decades to plan something like this.”
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The wait is nearly over. The Dorr Street interchange at I-475 is nearly completed.
Pat McColley, the Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 2, tells 13abc, “This area actually is the longest distance in the 75/475 loop without an interchange. So, we’re breaking that today.”
That stretch was 5 miles long. This new interchange provides easier access to Springfield Township, the University of Toledo, and The Inverness.
“With the Inverness having the Solheim Cup here in Toledo, we incentivized, and the contractor delivered, to get this done and open before that happens,” explains McColley.
Leaders say the project was finished early in fact, despite challenges with the pandemic and the rarity of a project like this.
Rebecca Dangelo with ODOT District 2 explains, “To construct an interchange is pretty unique. We don’t typically build where there isn’t one already. Usually, our projects are rehabbing or placing.”
The project cost $46.7 million, and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted says it will improve the overall lifestyle of Lucas County.
“Every minute that we save people, and when you’re talking about saving minutes for hundreds of thousands of people a year, that’s millions of minutes, and hours and days that it adds up to, says the Lt. Governor.
But it’s about more than convenience. Leaders tell 13abc the new interchange increases safety. The project included widening I-475 between Central and Airport Highway in both directions and the addition of roundabouts on Dorr Street.
McColley says, “The corridor continues to get more and more congested, there’s a safety element there too, there are accidents and crashes.” Dangelo adds, “This interchange is a roundabout interchange, with both of the ramps on either side of 475 coming to a roundabout.”
And ODOT isn’t done with I-475. Another project is set to begin next year.
“We’ll widen it all the way down to US 24,” says McColley. “So, we’ll have three lanes in each direction on I-475 from US 24 all the way up to the US 23 split very shortly.”
Opening of the brand new on- and off-ramps here will begin at 6 pm with the on-ramps. Off-ramps will open shortly after, and while ODOT is working on getting everything open, they’ll have lane restrictions on the interstate itself for signage work. Everything should be open by 10 pm.
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