ODOT announces major I-75 traffic impacts for bridge repair

Published: Sep. 27, 2019 at 7:27 AM EDT
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If you've driven along I-75 southbound, you've probably run into the rough transition on the bridge approaches over I-280. The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to fix the problem beginning Friday, October 4 at 9:00 p.m.

The southbound I-75 bridge over I-280 was constructed with the I-75 widening and reconstruction project between Lagrange Street and I-280. Since it was completed in 2017, long-term settlement occurred in the bridge approach, causing a significant dip at the bridge abutment. To repair it, crews will overlay the approach slab in addition to milling and resurfacing the asphalt leading to the approach slab.

So how is this going to impact traffic? ODOT is going to divert southbound I-75 traffic to the Stickney/Lagrange ramp. Drivers can also take southbound I-280 to Greenbelt Parkway to get back on northbound I-280 to southbound I-75. Southbound I-75 traffic not exiting in Toledo can continue southbound on I-280 to westbound State Route 795 back to I-75.

This will require extending MDOT's two-lane construction zone to I-280 where traffic will be diverted.

"We know this will cause congestion, but the diversion allows crews to get in, make the repairs quickly and reopen southbound I-75 within about 10 days," Pat McColley, ODOT District 2 Deputy Director said.