Paving crews were out this morning putting what appear to be the finishing touches on the temporary ramps at Central Avenue that will support the upcoming detour on northbound I-75 at I-280. Traffic will be sent south on I-280 to Central, up and over the Central bridge, and back north on I-280 to get back to I-75. ODOT currently plans to set up the detour starting Friday, and right now the weather forecast is very supportive of that schedule, with no rain in the picture except for a chance of showers Tuesday.
For those who haven't read previous coverage, the purpose of this detour will be to run northbound I-75 around two bridges at the I-280 junction that need to be replaced as part of ongoing I-75 reconstruction and widening. ODOT planned to do this 'under traffic' but swampy soil conditions, wetter than expected, forced it to change its plan, and officials decided tearing the bridges down all at once and replacing them in one shot was the only way to keep the overall project on schedule for completion next year.
This detour is not exceptionally long, but the 25-mph curves on the temporary ramps are going to cause congestion. I definitely recommend that motorists traveling through Toledo on northbound I-75 take State Rt. 795 east to northbound I-280, especially during peak hours when northbound I-75 is already jammed up between the Maumee River and I-475 because of other construction. Local motorists in Toledo should avoid northbound I-75 south of I-280, too; use local streets to reach northbound I-75 either via I-280 or at Alexis Road.