Lane shift changes will begin on Interstate 75 through Findlay early next week as part of the reconstruction and widening project, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
The $113.2 million project, which is expected to take three years to complete, includes widening I-75 to three lanes through Findlay and reconstructing ramps and bridges.
The I-75 northbound lanes from the Ohio 15 interchange to Hancock County 99 will be shifted to the right onto the outside shoulder early next week. A concrete barrier will be placed throughout this section in the northbound direction. Once the barrier is in place, construction operations during daytime hours will increase.
The legal speed through the work zone will be reduced when workers are present, and speed limits will be displayed via electronic message boards.
Also as part of the project, I-75 both northbound and southbound from just south of Hancock County 313 to Hancock County 99 has been restricted to one lane at times during nighttime hours to perform shoulder work and for placement of temporary pavement in preparation for future shifts in traffic patterns.
Lane restrictions generally occur from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night. Two lanes in each direction are maintained on I-75 during daytime hours.
Harrison Street over Interstate 75 closed Monday for about nine months for reconstruction.
Traffic on I-75 in the area of the Harrison Street overpass will be restricted to one lane generally from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. for work in preparation for the reconstruction of the bridge.
The exit ramp from I-75 northbound to Ohio 15 is expected to close late this spring or early summer for about three years.
At that time, traffic will be detoured north to the Ohio 12 interchange to I-75 southbound back to Ohio 15.