Perrysburg ramp closure likely to impact drivers for weeks
The exit ramp from I-475 onto Dixie Highway, or State Route 25 in Perrysburg, will be closed for more than a month beginning Monday morning.
ODOT says the closure is expected to last until mid-September.
The heavily traveled area serves as one of the primary access points to Levis Commons and other businesses.
"It takes quite a bit to get through there sometimes, even now," said Dean Hurley, who lives a few blocks from the expected closure.
"I think it'll be a pain in the butt," he says. "I think you're going to have to go through all that rigmarole to get over here, ya know?"
Hurley says most of his family lives in Maumee, so he frequently finds himself using the ramp.
"I'm back and forth all the time."
Signs are posted throughout the area to notify drivers of the work, so too are recommended detours. The plan is to send drivers down to I-75 and then onto back around onto I-475 northbound.
As the work ramps up, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to simply pay attention, slow down and watch for workers.
"Give all those guys on the side of the road, whether it's construction workers or first responders, plenty of room to do their job," said Sgt. Matthew Greer.
Meanwhile, those who live in the area are ready for the project to end... even before it starts.
"I think it's going to cause a lot of problems. Just seems like it's a whole lot of nothing," Hurley said.
During the closure of the southbound ramp, the I-475 northbound ramp to Dixie Highway will remain open. It will then close once the southbound lane re-opens.
ODOT says drivers should expect intermittent lane closures throughout the area.