TOLEDO – There may be additional traffic on Interstate 457, Ohio 795, and Interstate 280 in Wood County next week as two downtown traffic projects hit milestones.
Last week, bridge girders were constructed for the new Interstate 75 bridge north across Broadway Street, according to a news release from the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Now bridge girders have to be built for the new north-facing I-75 bridge over the railroad tracks. There is no space for equipment near the railroad tracks, so the bridge girders from I-75 have to be delivered and picked up by cranes. On the I-75 heading north, there will be a rolling road closure near the DiSalle bridge twice a day from Tuesday to Saturday, each about 20 minutes between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. In addition, there will be lane restrictions in this area from July 29th to 31st, every night from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
While the road closures will only last an estimated 20 minutes each, traffic is expected on I-75 heading north. ODOT suggests drivers to use alternative routes such as I-475 or Route 795 to I-280.
The Ohio 25 / Anthony Wayne Trail bridge replacement project, which was severely delayed by the railway, can finally divert traffic and begin work on the bridge for the outgoing lanes.
Traffic will remain single lane and two lane outwards, but will switch from the outbound lanes where the traffic is currently on to the bridge of the new inbound lanes. Maintaining this traffic pattern will allow crews to catch up on the project schedule of about a month and use the rail track time allotted for the recruitment of the I-75 bridge girder.
The project should be completed in summer 2020.