Among popular road-construction rants is the chestnut that [insert state name here] is “where the detours have detours.” It’s actually happening in East Toledo now because of emergency sewer work.
Overhead construction on the Anthony Wayne Bridge overhaul project closed Miami Street this morning, and the Ohio Department of Transportation’s detour used Fassett and Oak streets.
Little problem: Oak is now closed just north of Woodville because of a sewer collapse between there and Greenwood Avenue.
The east side’s next-closest major north-south street is East Broadway, which by urban standards isn’t exactly close by.
The detour for northbound Oak -- and, by extension, Miami -- is Woodville to Navarre Avenue to East Broadway, then Starr Avenue and Main Street back to the riverfront. The southbound detour is First Street to Main, Starr, and East Broadway, then back west on Stillman and Fassett streets.
Remember, left turns are not allowed from southbound Front Street to eastbound Main. My advice on this, though, would be to take Front out to East Broadway rather than using Main and Starr to get to that street.
Even better, if you’re using Miami to get to or from I-75: just avoid East Toledo altogether. Stay on the downtown Toledo side of the Maumee to get to southbound I-75, or take I-280 south to State Rt. 795 or the Ohio Turnpike if that fits your trip.
Northbound is trickier because of the afternoon backups on northbound I-75 approaching the Dorr-475 construction zone, which have made Miami part of a popular alternative route using the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge to get downtown. For that, you may want to turn right from Miami at Oakdale, then left on East Broadway to continue north either to Starr or all the way to Front.
The city currently estimates Oak’s reopening for Friday, but these sewer repairs have a nasty habit of taking longer than expected to finish, and this week’s rainy weather forecast doesn’t offer any encouragement.
Miami is scheduled to stay closed through June. It’s a fairly busy route for trucks traveling between I-75 and the Port of Toledo, so expect to see that traffic using the detour streets. Some of the alternatives I have suggested here are not suitable for large vehicles. Port truckers should definitely consider the I-280/State Rt. 795 alternative around this mess.