The Blade s Road Warrior advises readers each Friday where the biggest driving headaches will be throughout the construction season. He ll tell you the locations
to avoid and the detours to take.
Heading to the Ohio Turnpike from Toledo this morning? Don t use I-280 for a while after rush hour. The southbound I-280 entrance to the turnpike will be closed
from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. for paving.
ODOT suggests taking State Rt. 795 to the turnpike entrance at I-75, but that s a waste of time if you have come from Toledo, so just take I-75 in the first place.
Another option would be to continue south on State Rt. 420 and turn around at either Libbey Road or State Rt. 162; the latter is probably the better idea because trucks often line up at Libbey to get to the truck stops there.
During the weekend, navigating freeways in North Toledo will again be challenging as ODOT continues a bridge-deck patching program.
Starting at 7 p.m. today, northbound I-75 will be reduced to one lane between I-280 and the Ottawa River, while southbound I-75 will be one lane at Stickney Avenue.
The northbound lane closings are expected to end by 6 p.m. Sunday while the southbound work at Stickney will continue until 6 a.m. Monday.
But the travelers in for the worst delays are those trying to reach southbound I-75 from I-280: that ramp will be closed, so they ll be detoured north through the
single-lane zone northbound, then sent back south through the southbound work area. Avoid all of this and use Front and Miami streets to get to I-75 and, if you re going to West Toledo, I-475 this weekend.
The transportation department also has revised the schedule for deck sealing on the Veterans Glass City Skyway. Motorists should expect two of three lanes to be closed early next week while the center lane is sealed with liquid resin.
This is likely to cause signifi cant backups, especially during the afternoon rush hour.