LIMA (Monday, Jan. 22, 2018) – A significant structure related to the improvement of Interstate 75 through the city of Findlay and Hancock County is nearly complete and set to reopen this week.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 today marked the completion of the Harrison Street bridge over I-75 with members of the media. The bridge is expected to reopen this week.
The bridge was closed in May of last year during a complete reconstruction of the structure. The structure was nearing the end of its service life and required widening to accommodate the new lanes of I-75 beneath it. The cost was $3.3 million.
“The only remaining work to be completed on the bridge is the striping on the pavement. If weather permits, we plan to complete that this week and open it to traffic,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
Slusher said the Harrison Street bridge is opening slightly ahead of the contract schedule, by approximately two weeks. “We’re pleased with that, given this bridge replacement wasn’t typical,” he said.
The Harrison Street bridge replacement required a more lengthy closure than what is typically needed. Because the lanes of I-75 beneath Harrison Street are being reconstructed and expanded, some of the work on the bridge itself was dependent upon the work taking place beneath it.
“We appreciate the patience and understanding of those who rely on this bridge for their travel,” said Slusher.
The $113 million Interstate 75 reconstruction and widening project, which began in March of 2017, will reconstruct and widen approximately five miles of Interstate 75 from just south of the Harrison Street overpass to the county Road 99 interchange north of Findlay. The project also includes the replacement of all mainline bridges on Interstate 75, replacement of the Harrison Street overpass, the redesign and reconstruction of the interchange between U.S. 68/state Route 15 and Interstate 75, and the redesign and reconstruction of the interchange with U.S. 68/state Route 15 at Lima Avenue.
The entire reconstruction project is expected to be completed in August 2020. Beaver Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor on the project.
The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state’s largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT’s mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.