Traffic on the U.S. 224 bridge over Interstate 75 in Findlay will be slowed next week as construction begins on a $10.6 million project to replace the bridge and rebuild the interchange.
On Monday, traffic on the bridge will be reduced from five lanes to three, with one lane in each direction and left-turn lanes onto the I-75 ramps, so workers can place temporary pavement on the inside shoulders of the interchange ramps, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The temporary pavement will be needed to maintain traffic during reconstruction of the interchange, the state said. Full access to and from the interchange will be maintained during this initial phase of work.
The first closure of the U.S. 224 bridge is tentatively scheduled from 9 p.m. Feb. 28 until 6 a.m. March 3 when the south half of the existing bridge will be demolished.
During the demolition, the I-75 ramps at the interchange will serve as the lanes for the interstate. Traffic on Interstate 75 will be directed up and over the ramps.
The state will be “utilizing the exit and entrance ramps to direct traffic around the work being done over Interstate 75,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
During that weekend, traffic across the bridge on U.S. 224, access to U.S. 224 from Interstate 75, and access to all ramps to and from Interstate 75 will be prohibited.
“The aggressive schedule of this project requires the contractor to begin as early as possible. We ask that motorists use caution when traveling through this area as winter driving conditions will now be mixed with a work zone,” Slusher said.
The project will replace the U.S. 224 bridge over Interstate 75, add a sixth lane to the bridge, reconstruct the I-75 ramps, replace traffic signals, and construct a sidewalk on the bridge’s south side.
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