FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) - The State of Ohio is looking for a way to get a major construction project started early.
The Findlay Courier says the state is looking to move up the start of the I-75 widening project from Hancock County Road 99 through Findlay.
The project is a multiyear, multimillion dollar investment from the state to improve the capacity and safety of one of America's main traffic arteries.
A third lane is currently being construction between Perrysburg and Bowling Green. That third lane will then be extended all the way to Findlay.
Construction on the Findlay portion is currently slated to begin in the spring of 2018, but Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 Public Information Officer Rhonda Pees says all preliminary work will be finalized for the project this summer, meaning it will be ready to go next spring.
"Having an additional lane and of course additional capacity, greater safety, more attractive to businesses. Then you'll just have that feel as you continue north through Bowling Green and Toledo. So it's nothing but good for Ohio," said Pees.
The Findlay Courier reported ODOT Deputy Director Kirk Slusher wants the project to start early, but the state must wait to see if any funding is freed up to begin construction 2 years ahead of schedule.