Interstate Upgrades To Benefit Region
By Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay)

When discussing how our region of the state can benefit economically, there’s no doubt that a discussion on transportation must come into play. Both railroads and I-75 have had an especially significant role in the growth of Hancock County and the remainder of the 83rd House District.

That’s why it’s very exciting that the Ohio Department of Transportation recently had a project approved for funding that will make improvements to Interstate 75. Because of the Jobs & Transportation Plan recently enacted, the first phase of this construction project can start this coming spring, rather than sometime after 2027.

The project involves the widening and addition of a third lane for nearly 32 miles along I-75, from Co. Rd. 99 in Findlay to I-475 in Perrysburg. The construction will start in Wood County, and the total project cost is $193 million. All together, work in the northwest Ohio corridor is expected to cost just over $400 million— a significant investment in this part of the state.

The second phase of the project, which will also help our area to see economic gains, is the reconstruction of the interchange at I-75 and I-475, along with other improvements in Lucas County. Although these projects mean that we’ll be seeing more orange barrels soon, the long-term benefits far outweigh any short-term inconveniences.

With the CSX intermodal facility housed in North Baltimore, many Asian cargo ships will be docking in Virginia and sending their containers to northwest Ohio before the goods are disbursed to other areas of the country. I-75 will continue to be an important corridor for truckers to get the goods where they need to be in a timely manner.

We’re blessed to live in a state with one of the most prime locations to distribute items to other locations around the country. It’s clear that now—even within Ohio—our part of the state has a unique role in providing American people and businesses with the things they need.

By the simple act of funding some additional construction projects on I-75, Hancock, Hardin, and Logan counties—as well as other areas of northwest and west central Ohio—are well positioned to make tremendous economic gains in the coming years. This is an exciting time for us, and I’m looking forward to watching these roadway projects—and the benefits they bring—unfold.

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