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ODOT kicks off highway construction season with focus on safety improvements

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) The northwest region of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) officially kicked off its highway construction season today with a focus on improving intersection safety.

In 2019, Governor Mike DeWine directed ODOT to target safety improvements at 150 intersections statewide in rural, suburban, and urban areas. This represents an investment of $425 million over several years.

In northwest Ohio, ODOT will begin construction on eight of those locations this year, holding kickoff events at two.

ODOT District 2 held an event today at the intersection of U.S. 224 and State Route 587 in Seneca County where the county’s first roundabout will be constructed this year. On Thursday, ODOT District 1 will highlight roundabout construction at the intersection of State Route 309 and Napoleon Road in Allen County.

“Safety has been the top priority since the first day of the DeWine Administration. We’re constantly looking for ways to better engineer our roads to ensure they’re as safe as possible for those who use them each day,” said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. “However, drivers have an important role to play too. We need every motorist to buckle up, obey the speed limit, drive sober, and drop the distractions.” 

Other notable projects in northwest Ohio that will begin this year:

  • Resurfacing of 12 miles of U.S. 30 between Fifth Street/Lincoln Highway to just east of State Route 65, Allen County. Work is expected to begin in May.
  • Construction of a single-lane roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 127/U.S. 224 and Marsh Road, Van Wert County. Preliminary work is under way.
  • Reconstruction of State Route 25 between Cygnet Road and U.S. 6 south of Bowling Green, Wood County. Work began in March and will complete in fall 2023.
  • Widening of Interstate 475 to three lanes between Airport Highway and U.S. 24 also includes construction of a new interchange at Interstate 475 and U.S. Route 20A, Lucas County. Work is estimated to begin in July.

Projects that will continue:

  • The reconstruction of Interstate 75 in Wood and Lucas counties. Two abutting projects between Buck Road and Dorr Street are under way totaling $352 million. Work began in late 2018 and is expected to complete in 2023.

For a complete list of highway construction projects within northwest Ohio for 2022, see Construction Guides | Ohio Department of Transportation. Visit Projects | Ohio Department of Transportation for information regarding statewide construction.