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Construction done on I-475, Corey Road project, but traffic light still to come

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The improvements on Corey Road and I-475 include widening of Corey, shown here on the southbound lanes heading toward the expressway.

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Construction work is complete in the I-475 and Corey Road improvement project, but traffic signal and electrical work is yet to finished.

The widening of the Corey-Sylvania intersection that borders Toledo and Sylvania Township is complete for the $1 million project, said Theresa Pollick, public information officer for the Ohio Department of Transportation. The pavement has been smoothed over and the road lanes are striped.

This week, workers will be installing the traffic signals and electrical poles, and wrap up electrical work, she said.

The project's completion date, originally November, was pushed back to mid-December because of the fabrication of the specialized signal poles, Ms. Pollick said.

The project -- which included the widening of Corey Road from the expressway to north of Sylvania Avenue, widening of the eastbound I-475 exit ramp, and a traffic signal at the end of the ramp -- is a temporary fix for the high-traffic area, in time for the busy Christmas shopping season, where hundreds of motorists use that exit ramp to head to Westfield Franklin Park mall. The project is supposed to improve the bottleneck of traffic that sometimes occurs on the I-475 exit ramp and then on Corey Road from motorists turning left off of the expressway ramp. the ramp has had a stop sign.

The improvement will be in place for the Christmas shopping season, but ODOT plans to review long-term solutions.

State traffic counts from last year show 5,500 vehicles a day use the I-475 exit ramp and about 5,300 use the Corey Road entrance ramp to westbound I-475.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356, or ntrusso@theblade.com, or on Twitter @natalietrusso.

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