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ODOT Proposes Northbound Interstate 75 Detour in Toledo

Invitation for Public Comment

 BOWLING GREEN (Tuesday, March 29, 2016) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two is seeking public comment for the proposed detour of northbound Interstate 75 in the City of Toledo at the interchange of Interstates 75 and 280 in Lucas County.  The detour will take northbound Interstate 75 traffic south on Interstate 280 to Central Avenue, where new ramps will be constructed, then back north on Interstate 280 to Interstate 75.

This unforeseen detour is required because of a constructability issue that ODOT encountered on the Interstate 75 Widening project.  The detour will enable the safe construction of two pairs of bridges that are necessary for widening Interstate 75. This modification is anticipated to bring the project back on schedule for a fall 2017 completion.

In order to safely and efficiently accommodate the interstate traffic, the Central Avenue bridge over Interstate 280 will be closed to local automobile traffic. The bridge will remain open to pedestrians. Local motorists seeking to cross Interstate 280 will be encouraged to use Greenbelt Parkway to the south or Manhattan Boulevard to the north.

The detour will begin in May and is expected to last until the end of the 2016 construction season.  During this period, a minimum of two lanes of traffic will be maintained on the interstates at all times.  Motorists on Interstate 75 northbound should expect significant delays. The ramps constructed at Central Avenue will be removed when the project is complete. All work is weather dependent.

Opportunity for Public Comment:
ODOT is working to minimize delays and impacts to the surrounding communities, businesses and residents as much as possible. At this time, the department is inviting comments and questions from the public regarding this solution.

Comments may be sent by April 12, 2016, to the following contact:

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 2 Office

Attention: Stacy Schimmoeller, Environmental Coordinator or visit

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/feedback/Pages/feedback.aspx

Email: Stacy.Schimmoeller@dot.ohio.gov

Detour Maps can be found at the following location:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D02/Pages/Interstate-75-Toledo.aspx

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