LIMA (Nov. 10, 2017) – The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are occurring or scheduled to occur in the coming weeks:
Dates to Note:
Nov. 14-15 – Interstate 75 southbound far right lane to close during traffic switch, no access to Findlay exits available (details below)
Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound from south of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 313 continues to be reduced to one lane through the work zone for construction of bridge piers for the future flyover ramp at the interchange.
- The restriction is in place from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night.
- Two lanes in each direction on Interstate 75 are maintained during daytime hours.
The Interstate 75 northbound lanes from the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 99 have been shifted to the right onto the outside shoulder.
- Two lanes of traffic are maintained during daytime hours. Some nighttime lane closures will continue.
- The legal speed through the work zone is reduced when workers are present.
- Speed limits are displayed via electronic message boards which display the legal, posted speed through the zone.
I-75 southbound from just south of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange to county Road 99 is operating in a contraflow traffic pattern, meaning one lane of southbound traffic is traveling on the northbound side of the interstate, separated by barrier wall, at various locations through the zone.
- Beginning at midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and continuing until 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, the far right, southbound lane of Interstate 75 will close in order to shift traffic and for placement of pavement markings.
- During the closure, it will not be possible to access the exits to Findlay from I-75 southbound.
- The exit from I-75 southbound to county Road 99 will be accessible during this time, but exiting from county Road 99 to southbound I-75 will not be possible.
- Once the traffic switch is complete, one lane of I-75 southbound will be traveling on new pavement next to the median wall.
U.S. 68/State Route 15 Interchange with Interstate 75
On Nov. 20, 21 and 22, the entrance ramp from U.S. 68/state Route 15 to I-75 southbound will close during nighttime hours only, beginning at approximately 3 p.m. each day until 7 a.m. the following day, for setting of bridge beams for the new flyover ramp over the railroad and over the existing I-75 southbound to U.S. 68 loop ramp.
- Traffic will be detoured to I-75 northbound to state Route 12 back to I-75 southbound.
- The I-75 southbound to U.S. 68 loop ramp will remain open during the operation, but traffic will be temporarily halted at times while beams are set and secured overhead.
The exit ramp from I-75 northbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15 (exit 156) closed June 19 for approximately three years.
- Traffic is detoured north to the state Route 12 interchange to Interstate 75 southbound back to U.S. 68/state Route 15. (see map)
- All other ramps at the interchange remain open.
State Route 12 interchange with Interstate 75
- All exits at the state Route 12 interchange are currently open.
U.S. 224 interchange with Interstate 75
The southbound entrance and exit ramps to and from Interstate 75 at U.S. 224 closed mid October until late November (see map).
- Traffic on U.S. 224 wishing to access southbound Interstate 75 will be detoured north onto Interstate 75 to the county Road 99 interchange back to Interstate 75 southbound.
- Traffic on Interstate 75 southbound wishing to access U.S. 224 will continue south onto Interstate 75 to the state Route 12 interchange to Interstate 75 northbound back to U.S. 224.
- The northbound ramps at the interchange remain open.
River Road and Howard Street
- River Road and Howard Street, north and south of the Blanchard River beneath Interstate 75, are closed periodically as needed through late fall during reconstruction of the bridge carrying Interstate 75 over the Blanchard River.
- Access to all residences and businesses will be maintained.
Harrison Street over Interstate 75
- Harrison Street over Interstate 75 closed May 15 for approximately nine months for reconstruction. Traffic on Interstate 75 in the area of Harrison Street will be restricted to one lane at times for work related to the reconstruction of the bridge.
- Placement of the concrete deck on the bridge is complete.
- Access to the Oakwoods Nature Preserve during the closure of the Harrison Street overpass will be available at all times during construction by accessing county Road 144 from the north via Sandusky Street.
- The bridge is scheduled to be closed until February 2018 but could potentially be open by the end of the year.
Service road construction
Construction of a service road off Lima Avenue connecting to Lake Cascades north of the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange is under way.
- The vast majority of the construction is complete.
- Final tie-in to Lima Avenue will occur in the third and final year of construction in 2020.
Noise wall construction
Construction of noise walls is under way.
- Construction of the foundations for the wall has begun in the south end of the project area on the east side of the interstate near Harrison Street and is proceeding to the north.
- Construction of all noise walls is expected to be completed in July 2018.
About the Hancock I-75 project:
Interstate 75 will be reconstructed and widened beginning just south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the U.S. Route 68/state Route 15 interchange, to the county Road 99 interchange, Findlay, Hancock County. The project will reconstruct approximately five miles of the existing four lanes of Interstate 75, construct an additional lane of travel in each direction, replace all mainline bridges on I-75, replace the Harrison Street overpass, redesign and reconstruct the interchange between U.S. 68/state Route 15 and Interstate 75, and redesign and reconstruct the interchange with U.S. 68/state Route 15 at Lima Avenue. The project also includes the construction of noise walls at particular locations. Expected completion is May 2020. Beaver Excavating, Canton, serves as the general contractor.
Project information may be found at: http://tinyurl.com/hancock75