PHOTO: WIMA/Jason Aldrich

Beaver Excavating of Canton is the apparent low bidder for the contract which will reconstruct five miles of Interstate 75 in Lima and Allen County, possibly beginning this winter.

The project, referred to as project 3, will reconstruct the existing two lanes of pavement on I-75 from the Auglaize County line to Fourth Street in Lima, reconstruct the Breese Road and Route 65 interchanges, and replace the Hanthorn and McClain Road bridges over the interstate.

Expected completion of all of this is in 2016.

Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director Kirk Slusher said the official awarding of the contract won’t occur for about a month until after a review of the bidding documents is complete.