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      City delays closure of I-475 ramp at Secor Rd.

      Construction continues along Secor Rd. in West Toledo.

      A much dreaded highway ramp closing has been postponed, giving drivers on Secor Rd. a small dose of reprieve.

      The city of Toledo has delayed a 10-day closing of the I-475 ramps at Secor Rd. due to this week's rainy weather.

      Construction and repair work on the heavily travelled portion of the road, between Central Avenue and Queenswood Blvd., began in March.

      The project, estimated to cost around $5.5 million, includes work on waterlines and repairs to the roadway, just south of I-475. The city of Toledo is pitching in $1.9 million for the reconstruction with the remainder of funding coming from the state of Ohio.

      The project is being completed in phases, with the current phase being delayed due to inclement weather. The I-475 closure was to take place on Tuesday. A new closure date has not been determined.

      Robin Whitney, Commissioner of Engineering Services, says the closures will allow crews to perform the next part of the project. "We have two phases of work underneath 475 on Secor Road from Queenswood north to about where the Kroger exit is," Ms. Whitney said.

      When the closure takes places, drivers are encouraged to drive east on I-475 and use the Promedica Parkway exit . Westbound motorists should exit at Douglas Road, Monroe Street or Talmadge Road.