A more than $110 million construction project is scheduled to kick into full gear on the Ohio Turnpike next week, and will last through mid-November.
The Ohio Turnpike Commission says it will make efforts to limit delays for customers travelling through Fulton, Lucas, Wood, and Sandusky counties.
Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in all three-lane sections of the Turnpike whenever possible, according to the Commission. Some single lane zones will still be necessary, but those will mainly be during off-peak travel times or overnight.
The major construction areas included in the project include:
Fulton and Lucas County resurfacing in eastbound and westbound lanes - restricted traffic patterns and reduced speed limits from milepost 43.3 to milepost 55.5
Lucas and Wood County third lane widening and bridge work in eastbound and westbound lanes - shifted traffic patterns and reduced speed limits from milepost 58 to milepost 64.5.
Secondary roads affected by this work include:
--US 20 (reduced lanes of traffic)
--Michigan Avenue (closed 7/14 - 8/23 between N. Borgan Drive & Parkway Drive)
--Stengel Avenue (closed 7/14 - 8/23 between Cady Street & Green Valley Drive)
--SR 65 (reduced lanes of traffic)
--White Road (closed 6/19 - 7/19 between Riverbend Court & Ford Road)
--Simmons Road (closed 6/16 - 7/26 between W. Mandell Road & E. Mandell Road)
Sandusky County pavement replacement in eastbound and westbound lanes - bidirectional traffic patterns and reduced speed limits from milepost 101.2 to milepost 107.3
"These projects not only indicate the start of better weather in Ohio, it signifies the unified efforts to improve Ohio's transportation system," said Commission Executive Director Rick Hodges. "As always, the Commission is pleased to have a full construction season planned; which not only provides jobs for thousands across the state, but also helps to keep the Turnpike in excellent condition."
The Commission says the completion of all projects is weather dependent. Customers are encouraged to visit the Commissions website, Twitter, or Facebook page for up-to-date construction information.