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Published: Friday, 10/7/2005

The Blade's Road Warrior

The Blade s Road Warrior advises readers where the biggest driving headaches will be throughout the construction season. He ll tell you locations to avoid and detours to take.

As the season winds down, construction will continue through November on a variety of major construction projects, though few new projects have been added.

1. I-280: All lanes will be open through the Veterans Glass City Skyway construction zone until Oct. 17. Consider using I-75 to avoid likely delays. Motorists could expect delays of up to 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Front Street is restricted to one lane each way at I-280, and left turns are prohibited between Dearborn Avenue and Esther Street, including I-280 ramps.

The ramp from southbound I-280 to eastbound Front is closed until Oct. 24. The Front entrance to northbound I-280 is closed until Oct. 24. Also closed are the northbound exit and southbound entrance at Greenbelt Parkway. Ash and Huron streets are closed at I-280.

2. U.S. 20/23, State Rt. 420: Interchange construction closes one lane each way on Route 420 south of Truman Road. Pemberville Road is closed at U.S. 20/23 for overpass construction. Use Bradner or Lemoyne roads instead.

3. U.S. 24: Resurfacing requires flag zones between Luna Pier and Dunbar roads. Delays are likely. This project has been extended into November.

4. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bridge: Preparatory work associated with draw span replacement requires varying lane closings. Some are only in effect from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, except on holidays, but others are full time. Expect delays.

5. I-75: Pavement and bridge rehabilitation restricts southbound I-75 to two lanes between LaPlaisance and Erie roads. All northbound lanes and ramps are open, but unannounced additional lane closings in either direction are possible into next month.

6. Byrne Road: Bridge reconstruction and pavement work restrict traffic to one lane in each direction between Hill Avenue and Airport Highway, and between Heatherdowns Boulevard and Glendale Avenue. Sewer construction closes through traffic on Byrne between Detroit and Stengel avenues.

7. State Rt. 246 (Dorr Street): Resurfacing restricts traffic to one lane in each direction between Detroit Avenue and Collingwood Boulevard.

8. Laskey Road: Street reconstruction restricts traffic to westbound only between Secor and Talmadge roads. Eastbound traffic is detoured via Alexis Road.

9. Summit Street: Bridge reconstruction restricts traffic to one lane each way at the Ottawa River.

10. Fulton-Lucas Road: Bridge repairs close the road between Airport Highway and Shaffer Road until Oct. 28. Use Scott Road instead.

11. Monroe Street (State Rt. 51): Widening and repaving require nighttime lane closings between Willis Boulevard and Crary Drive. The work zone includes the Secor Road and Sylvania Avenue intersections. Work hours are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through October 21.

12. I-475/Talmadge Road: The Talmadge bridge is closed for reconstruction until Oct. 14. I-475 ramps remain open, but there is no cross-freeway access. Detour via Secor Road or Corey Road, but expect delays. City officials have closed Woodley Road at I-475 to prevent cut-throughs. Northbound I-475/U.S.23 also will be reduced to one lane tomorrowand Sundaybetween the Maumee River and Salisbury Road for crack sealing operations.

13. I-280: Bridge painting that restricts I-280 to one lane in each direction at the Ohio Turnpike has been extended through Oct. 14.

14. State Rt. 65: Resurfacing requires daily flag zones between East Boundary Street in Perrysburg and the southern limits of Rossford. Use I-75 instead.

15. Douglas Road: Sewer construction closes the street to through traffic between Laskey Road and Sylvania Avenue until Nov. 1. Detour via Tremainsville Road and Upton and Sylvania avenues. Continue south on Upton to reach eastbound I-475.

16. Downtown Toledo: Resurfacing requires varying lane closings and detours on parts of Washington, 11th, and Summit streets. All traffic exiting I-75 at Washington is forced east on Washington at 11th. Summit is affected between Lafayette and Lagrange streets.

17. Cherry and Summit Street Intersection: Brick crosswalk work will create lane restrictions though Oct. 21. Starting today, no left turns will be allowed from southbound Summit or eastbound Cherry at the intersection.

18. Seaman Road: Bridge rehabilitation will close Seaman starting Monday through Oct. 24 between Wheeling Street and Berlin Avenue. Use Starr Avenue instead.

19. Detroit Avenue: Water- line construction restricts traffic to southbound only between Schneider Road and Sherwood Avenue until mid to late October. Northbound traffic is detoured via the Anthony Wayne Trail.

OFF THE MAP

I-75: Median barrier repairs require nighttime lane closings between Hancock County Road 99 and Findlay. Minor delays are possible.

U.S. 6/U.S. 20: Traffic is reduced to one lane each way at the western end of the Fremont Bypass, with temporary traffic signals regulating the merge between U.S. 6 and U.S. 20.

State Rt. 2: Rehabilitation of the Edison Bridge over Sandusky Bay restricts traffic to one lane each way full-time. Delays are possible, especially on weekends.

State Rt. 108: Replacement of the Perry Street Bridge in Napoleon requires a six-mile detour, via U.S. 6 and State Rt. 110, until the new bridge opens in late October.

Contact the Road Warrior at: roadwarrior@theblade.com or 419-724-6094.



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