Burgess & Niple (B&N) led the design of the $150 million LUC-75 project – a major
freeway reconstruction effort for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) that
now is under construction.
The project will improve safety and capacity on a three-mile stretch of Interstate
75 in Toledo, Ohio by realigning and completely rebuilding roadways and bridges
within the existing footprint. Capacity will be increased from two to three lanes
in each direction and ramps will be reconfigured to meet current safety standards.
B&N’s multidisciplinary project team successfully delivered this massive design
on-time. B&N provided:
- Detailed highway and bridge design
- Drainage systems design and geotechnical engineering
- Surveying and right-of-way services
- Landfill permitting
- Floodplain analysis and permitting
- Noise wall and lighting design
- Maintenance of traffic plans
B&N engineers designed 12 new bridges within the project limits, including a $55
million, 2,000-foot-long bridge. The final project deliverables included more than
2,000 plan sheets.
This section of I-75 is adjacent to a plant that manufactured Jeeps and other vehicles
from 1910 to 2006. The original interstate, built in 1970, was constructed over
a landfill used by the Jeep plant. B&N prepared the Environmental Protection Agency
permitting necessary for the proposed construction in the landfill area.
The Ottawa River weaves through the three-mile-long project site. B&N performed
floodway analyses and prepared the floodplain permits. These efforts were needed
due to the significant floodplain modifications associated with additions and removals
of bridges and other features.
Construction of the LUC-75 project is scheduled for completion in 2018. B&N continues
to assist ODOT during the construction phases. GPD and Northwest Consultants served
as project subconsultants.