FINDLAY (WTOL) - Drivers on I-75 northbound in Hancock County soon will find a little more room to move as the interstate will be three lanes.

Motorists on I-75 northbound between U.S. 224 and County Road 99 in Findlay will be traveling in three lanes by the Friday morning commute, ODOT said.

All four lanes of I-75 in both directions between Sandusky Street and U.S. 68/state Route 15 are currently traveling on the southbound side. By Friday morning, northbound traffic just before the U.S. 224 interchange will be switched back over to the new three lanes on the northbound side.

Lane closures on I-75 in the northbound direction will continue Thursday night as crews work to place pavement markings to denote the new traffic pattern. Traffic will be restricted between 9 p.m. Thursday until approximately 7 a.m. Friday morning, after which all three lanes will open.

Southbound traffic will continue to travel in two lanes between U.S. 224 and County Road 99. By mid-January, the third lane southbound is expected to open.

The driving surface throughout the project is an intermediate pavement. The final driving surface will not be placed until finish paving occurs in 2020, the last year of the project.