Interstate 75 widening project scheduled to begin today

Construction of a third Interstate 75 lane between Perrysburg and Findlay begins tonight in Wood County, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Through the next several weeks, crews will begin preparation work on the project, including pavement repairs, prior to the start of construction.

As a result, interstate lane restrictions will be possible through Friday between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. from Ohio 25 (exit 171) to U.S. 6 (exit 179).

Additional restrictions will be announced over the next several weeks along other parts of I-75 in Wood and Hancock counties.

All work is weather permitting.

This phase of the project will widen I-75 from Perrysburg to Hancock County 99 in Findlay for both northbound and southbound traffic.

In the next phase, a third lane will be added from Hancock County 99 to just south of the U.S. 68/Ohio 15 interchange, or about five miles.

That phase won’t begin until 2015 at the earliest.

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