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Work on new Dorr Street Interchange in Toledo moving forward

(WTVG)
Published: Sep. 23, 2019 at 10:17 PM EDT
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It takes one quick glance around the area near Dorr Street and I-475 in Toledo to see that things are changing.

"It's change, you know?," Toledoan Jesse Linenkuge said. "Change is good and change is bad."

All that change is for one thing, the new Dorr Street Interchange, and Linenkugel and his wife have a front row seat to it all.

"We just have to accept it," Linenkugel's wife Debbie said.

Crews with the Ohio Department of Transportation spent the last several weeks tearing down nearly 20 homes in the Linenkugel's neighborhood, including one close to Jesse's heart.

"My grandparents owned that house for 70 years," Linenkugel said referencing a now empty lot near his Joyce Lane home. "I hate to see that go."

The clearing is just the start of the $16 million project that ODOT plans to start next spring.

"It's really going to be a gateway to a bunch of neighborhoods that necessarily don't have an entrance near 475 right now," ODOT spokesperson Rebecca Dangelo said.

Dangelo says the interchange will allow drivers to exit 475 between Airport and Central--something that currently isn't an option. Congestion in the area will also lessen as the interstate gets widened to three lanes.

"This will really improve a lot of convenience for people," Dangelo said. "You're not stuck on that 5-mile stretch without interchanges."

Leaders expect that convenience to pay off, especially for events like the 2021 Solheim Cup at Inverness Golf Club.

While the work is hard for the Linenkugel's to watch they say they're also looking forward to an easier commute.

"I'm kind of looking forward to that because I get on expressway every day to travel to work, and I mean you can't get much more convenient than that," Linenkugel said.

ODOT plans to select a contractor for the Dorr Street Interchange by the end of October. Leaders hope to start construction by next spring and then wrap everything up by mid-2021.