BOWLING GREEN – Lt. Gov. John Husted and Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Jack Marchbanks will provide the keynote remarks at a ribbon cutting to open a new interchange at Dorr Street and Interstate 475 in Springfield Township and Toledo. The public event will be held Monday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. on the future northbound exit ramp from Interstate 475 to Dorr Street.
Project personnel will direct participants to parking areas along the ramps.
The interchange will be opened in phases following the ceremony. The entrance ramps from Dorr Street to I-475 will open at approximately noon that day. The exit ramps will be opened late in the day to allow crews to remove signage on I-475 when less traffic is present. The interchange is expected to be fully opened by approximately 10 p.m. that night.
“We invite the public to witness a special day for northwest Ohio and for ODOT. A new interstate interchange where one did not exist is unusual for us, and is a rarity for a community. This area of western Lucas County will now be accessible and celebrated in a way not possible before,” said Pat McColley, ODOT District 2 deputy director.
The interchange will open ahead of the upcoming Solheim Cup at Inverness Club, located on Dorr Street just east of the interchange. The international professional women’s golf tournament was a key driver in the project schedule. Preliminary activities for the tournament begin Aug. 31.
The project added a third lane of travel in each direction on a two-mile section of the I-475/U.S. 23 corridor, constructed a new interchange at Dorr Street, and reconstructed a section of Dorr Street. The $46.7 million project began in November 2019 and is expected to be substantially completed this fall.
The next phase of I-475 work includes a new interchange at U.S. 20A and widening between the Airport Highway and U.S. 24 interchanges. That is slated to begin in 2022 or 2023.