Ohio Governor Jon Kasich has kicked off Ohio's largest construction season ever, and most motorists in the state should expect to see a lot of orange barrels and neon vests this summer.
Several projects are slated for northwest Ohio this summer, with a few having already begun. The Anthony Wayne Bridge closed in March. Reconstruction of the downtown Toledo bridge over the Maumee River is expected to be completed in December 2015.
A major $260 million widening of I-75 from Perrysburg to Findlay will begin in June. The interstate will be widened from two to three lanes in both directions. The 31.6 mile project should be complete by November 2016, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Additional work along I-75 includes a $28 million pavement reconstruction project that will smooth the roadway from Dorr Street to Central Avenue in downtown Toledo. ODOT says that project should be completed by July 2016.
Major projects slated to be complete along I-475 by November 2015 include a $17 million effort to widen bridges over Wolf Creek, Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks, and Angola Road.
Another $14 million will go towards safety improvements at the I-475/U.S. 23 interchange in Sylvania Township. Crews will add through lanes from U.S. 23 SB to I-475 and correct weave movement from I-475 to U.S. 23 SB and Central Avenue.
In addition, a $18 million project to build an underpass at the Norfolk Southern railroad on McCord Road will affect motorists through November 2016. The project, taking place just outside Springfield High School, will also include construction of a roundabout at McCord Road and North Mall Drive (Spring Meadows).
Kasich's "robust" plan for improving the state's roads is being done without a tax increase, and with a $3 billion infrastructure investment. "Our agriculture, manufacturing and logistics industries, as well as so many others, depend on our world class highway system for their success and the $3 billion in new funds made possible from our plan keeps them moving so Ohio's economic recovery can keep moving," Gov. Kasich has said.