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Major roadwork on I-475 begins Monday

Closures on the northbound lanes of I-475 from the Maumee River to Airport Highway begin at 11 a.m.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Major roadwork on I-475 begins Monday morning from 11AM - 4PM. The northbound lanes from the Maumee River to Airport Highway will be diverged into one. There will also be ramp closures for a period of time in this quadrotor.

"You're going to definitely see an excess of dozens of workers out on the site," Kelsie Hoagland, District II ODOT Public Information Officer said. "So that's another reason to please abide by the posted speed limit."

The Ohio Department of Transportation was planning on making the traffic pattern on I-475 this weekend so it wouldn't impact motorists' work day commute during the week. However, the low temperatures forced the change.

"It's not just spraying paint. It's rather like, an adhesive," Hoagland said about some of the construction materials. "The ground has to be warm enough to receive the striping and the heat applicator to be able to be laid effectively, otherwise it will just fly right off, really."

Over the weekend there were closures on both the eastbound and westbound ramps on US 24 to Northbound I-475. The two ramps are important to the diversion happening today.

"The bigger picture that we want people to stay focused on is actually two fold in the particular case," Hoaglan said. "When this project is complete, there will be three lanes in each direction between the river already up to where it just became three lanes north of Airport. So it's gonna be a tremendous opportunity to have smoother flow of traffic, less congestion and a great aspect overall for motorists when this project is complete."

WTOL 11 will continue to update you on any further changes.

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