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Contact: Rhonda Pees, public information officer, ODOT District 1
(419) 999-6803
ODOT Director to lead dedication of new ODOT Paulding County garage, Hicksville outpost
Open house to be held June 27 from 3-7 p.m. at each facility
LIMA (Wednesday, June 21, 2017) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 will dedicate and open to the public its new Paulding County maintenance garage in the village of Paulding and its new outpost in Hicksville.
A dedication and open house will be held Tuesday, June 27 at each location. ODOT Director Jerry Wray will lead the dedication at each facility, first at the Paulding County garage at 10 a.m., then at the Hicksville facility at 1 p.m.
An open house at each location will be held following the ceremonies from 3-7 p.m.
The new Paulding County garage is located at the same location as the former facility at 833 Wayne Street in Paulding. The Hicksville outpost is located next to the Hicksville High School on state Route 2/49 and replaces the facility located on Ohio 18 on Hicksville’s east side.
The final cost of construction for the Paulding County facility was $8.2 million. Final cost for the Hicksville facility was $3.1 million. Both were constructed under their original estimates of $8.5 million and $3.5 million, respectively.
“The need to replace our inadequate, aging facilities became apparent each year as we continued to upgrade our equipment which is much larger than what was used just a few years ago,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director. “To have the opportunity to celebrate on one day the opening of two, new modern ODOT facilities within our region of the state is historic,” he said.
The former Paulding County facility was constructed in 1978 while some of the storage buildings were constructed in 1948 and 1966. The former Hicksville outpost was constructed in 1949.
Features of the new Paulding garage include:
  • More truck storage for the modern ODOT fleet
  • Upgraded, above-ground fuel system as well as a decanting station required by the Environmental Protection Agency for dumping catch basin waste
  • Expanded mechanic’s area that provides the space needed to work on large equipment
  • Wash bay which can accommodate two trucks at once, eliminating the need to wash trucks in the equipment storage area
  • Salt dome, pole barn, equipment storage building and fuel island
Features of the new Hicksville outpost include:
  • Five truck bays
  • 2,000-ton salt storage facility
  • A truck wash bay
  • Decanting station
  • Will serve as a regional salt supply location for both the ODOT Defiance and Paulding County maintenance crews during winter operations.
Serving as the designer for both structures was Garmann Miller of Minster. General contractor for both was Touchstone/Tuttle Construction, Lima.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
 
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For more information contact: Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us
 
 
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