DiSalle Bridge repair jamming up I-75

DiSalle Bridge repair jamming up I-75

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A problem on our roads so urgent, the Ohio Department of Transportation had less than 24 hours to get out and fix it.

Many of us will be sitting in traffic leading up and over the DiSalle Bridge for the next few days.

You can expect lane restrictions slowing you down through Saturday on Southbound I-75. Right now it's down to one lane.

Crews are working to repair the bridge immediately and not take a chance of it getting worse.

On Wednesday a routine assessment of the DiSalle Bridge just south of Downtown Toledo on I-75 found a problem that required immediate attention.

Initially, ODOT wanted to try to wait for the weekend to make these repairs so it would have less of an impact on traffic.

But due  to the urgent nature of the problem, engineers realized they had to make this fix right away.

"What has happened is the expansion joints on the bridge have become loose, and if they come loose and go up, it acts essentially like a spike strip which would damage vehicles, so we don't want that," Rebecca Dangelo, Public Information Officer and Spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation through Northwest Ohio explained. "But if the strip comes loose and goes down, then it's a gap on the pavement, so we also don't want that. So unfortunately, we had to get out there."

Crews were expected to be out there at 9 Thursday morning, and some thought the project might be delayed, but they got the three lanes down to one lane around about 10:30 a.m.

This road construction is going to be going on nonstop until the problem is fixed.

"We took it down to one lane and it will remain one lane for approximately 48 hours, so Saturday afternoon it should be back open to three lanes of traffic, but until then, we do expect a lot of backups in the area," said Dangelo.

The restricted lanes are between the Anthony Wayne Trail and the Miami Street exit on 75 southbound.

The ramp from South Avenue to southbound 75 will also be closed to keep people from entering the highway in the middle of the already backed up construction zone.

Keep in mind, as traffic patterns shift to avoid construction, slight delays will occur in surrounding outlets as well.

"On the plus side, we are having crews out there and they are able to repair it within the next 48 hours. So, we took it down to one lane and it will remain one lane and it will remain one lane for approximately 48 hours, so Saturday afternoon it should be back open to three lanes of traffic, but until then, we do expect a lot of backups in the area," Dangelo said.

The bridge is named for Michael DiSalle (1908 -1981) who was a politician from Ohio. He served as the Mayor of Toledo and as the 60th Governor of Ohio.

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