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Ohio DOT Officially Kicks Off Highway Construction in Northwest Ohio

BOWLING GREEN, OH — The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officially kicked off its highway construction season with a recent event, headlined by ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. The event was held along Interstate 475 at Dorr Street, Toledo, where a $46.7-million project that began in November 2019 continues. Work is expected to be completed this fall. A separate kickoff event for projects occurring in the Lima area was also held recently.

The project is adding a third lane of travel in each direction on a two-mile section of the I-475/U.S. 23 corridor, constructing a new interchange at Dorr Street, and reconstructing a section of Dorr Street. Joining Director Marchbanks was ODOT District 2 Deputy Director Pat McColley, Lucas County Engineer Mike Pniewski, and Inverness Club President Dr. Gregory Kasper. Marchbanks noted that in northwest Ohio and throughout the state, projects have largely moved forward, despite the pandemic.

The I-475 at Dorr Street project figures heavily into the upcoming Solheim Cup in September at Inverness Club, located on Dorr Street just east of the project.

"The ODOT project is a much-needed conduit for this part of our community. We are so pleased they have agreed to complete this project prior to the Solhiem Cup. The innovative and new interchange will create a wonderful introduction of Toledo to an international audience at the tournament this fall," Kasper said.

The following projects in northwest Ohio will continue this year:

  • The construction on Interstate 75 in Wood and Lucas counties. Two abutting projects between Buck Road and Dorr Street are under way totaling $343 million. Work began in late 2018 and is expected to complete in 2023.
  • The placement of a concrete overlay on the driving surface of the Veterans’ Glass.
  • City Skyway bridge in East Toledo, Lucas County. Work began on the $18-million project in March of 2020 and is expected to complete this fall.
  • A $21-million project on Interstate 75 from just south of the village of Beaverdam to north of the village of Bluffton, Allen, and Hancock counties. The project is reconstructing pavement and ramps at the Interstate 75 interchange with State Route 696. Construction began in 2020 and will complete this summer.
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The following projects in northwest Ohio are beginning this year:

  • Resurfacing of I-75 between I-280 and the Michigan state line in North Toledo, Lucas County. Work began in April and will complete this fall.
  • Reconstruction of State Route 25 between Cygnet Road and U.S. 6 south of Bowling Green, including Portage. Work will begin in June and complete in fall 2022.
  • A safety project to improve the intersection of U.S. 20/Reynolds Road and Heatherdowns Boulevard. Work will begin in September and complete in June 2022.
  • A safety project to construct an RCUT (restricted crossing U-turn) at the Thayer Road intersection with U.S. 30, Allen County. Cul-de-sacs will be constructed at the Mayberry Road and Cool Road intersections. Work will begin in August and complete late fall.
  • A safety project to construct cul-de-sacs on Township Road 196 and Township Road 198 at their intersections with State Route 15, Hancock County. The project will begin in September and complete late fall.

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