U.S. 224 bridge project starting

Findlay’s U.S. 224 bridge over Interstate 75 will be closed to traffic from 9 p.m. today until 6 a.m. Monday as workers demolish the southern half of the bridge, the Ohio Department of Transportation reports.

During the demolition, the Interstate 75 exit and entrance ramps at the interchange will become the lanes of the interstate. Traffic on the interstate will be directed up and over the ramps.

U.S. 224 traffic will be detoured onto Ohio 12 and Ohio 235 during the weekend.

Motorists seeking to get on I-75 can do so at the Ohio 12 or Hancock County 99 interchanges.

The U.S. 224 bridge will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday. The northern half of the bridge will be demolished at a later date.

During this weekend’s demolition, motorists will not be able to cross the U.S. 224 bridge, and will not be able to get on I-75 from U.S. 224. Also, I-75 traffic will not be able to exit at U.S. 224.

U.S. 224 is already reduced to one lane in each direction from just west of Interstate 75 to Broad Avenue, and traffic there has been shifted to the north half of the bridge. Traffic will remain in this pattern once the bridge reopens.

This weekend’s demolition work is part of $10.6 million project by the Ohio Department of Transportation to replace the U.S. 224 bridge and rebuild the interchange.

The new bridge will have six lanes, with a left-turn lane in each direction. A sidewalk will be added to the south side of the bridge from Broad Avenue to North Ridge Road.

Because the new bridge will be built in halves, U.S. 224 will be open to one lane of traffic in each direction for most of the construction period.

Construction of the bridge is expected to be finished in late fall. Miller Brothers Construction, of Archbold, is the contractor.

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