The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 held a public meeting regarding the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through the city of Findlay and Hancock County. Work on the project will begin this month.
The meeting was held March 13, in the main ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1050 Interstate Drive West, Findlay. A presentation was made, with time given to questions following.
Representatives from ODOT and its contractor on the project, Beaver Excavating, Canton, presented the details of the project, specifically the impacts to traffic and the sequence of work.
Beaver Excavating won the contract with a bid of $113.2 million. The first significant work related to the project is expected to begin March 20. The project completion is May 31, 2020.
The project will take place from 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 in Findlay. The project will reconstruct the existing pavement on Interstate 75, add a third travel lane in both the northbound and southbound direction, reconstruct the interchange between U.S. 68/state Route 15 and Interstate 75, and upgrade the roadway to modern highway standards.
The project also includes the replacement of the Harrison Street overpass, redesign and reconstruction of the interchange with U.S. 68/state Route 15 at Lima Avenue, and the addition of noise walls at particular locations.