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ODOT Seeking Public Comment on Projects
 
LIMA (April 26, 2013)The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is seeking public comments regarding the following proposed projects:
 
District Wide Projects

Traffic Signals (PID: 90775) - The Ohio Department of Transportation is proposing a project which will rehabilitate traffic signals at five locations. The sites will be upgraded, reconstructed, or rebuilt. The signals are located at SR117/Shawnee Road, SR-65/Bluelick Rd. and SR-81/Eastown Rd. in Allen County; U.S. 224/CR140 in Hancock County; and U.S.23/CR330 in Wyandot County.  During construction, two-way traffic will be maintained at all times. The project is currently scheduled for construction in the spring/summer of 2014.
 
Allen County

Township Road 87-Hook-Waltz Road (PID: 92471) – The Allen County Engineer, in consultation with ODOT, has proposed a project located on TR 87 approximately 0.5 miles east of State Route 115. This proposed project will replace the bridge over Sugar Creek. Traffic will be detoured through the end of construction which is currently scheduled to start in spring/summer 2014.
 
Defiance County

State Route 111-6.2 – Viaduct and Widening (PID: 89604 and 92830) – The City of Defiance, in consultation with ODOT, proposes to improve low clearance and safety issues at the CSX Railroad Viaduct on State Route 111 by lowering the roadway from the intersection of Cedar Street to Don Miller Drive. Widening of SR111 from Williams Street to Downs/Deatrick/Clinton Street is also proposed to add a left-turn lane to the center. The project will also include improvements to stormwater drainage and sidewalks. Traffic during this project will be maintained in one lane. The construction for this project is currently scheduled to begin in summer/fall of 2014.
 
Hancock County

County Road 501M/East Main Cross Street (PID: 83342) – The Hancock County Engineer, in consultation with ODOT, proposes the replacement of an existing deficient bridge in the city of Findlay. The bridge is on County Road 501 (East Main Cross Street) and spans over Lye Creek at the confluence with the Blanchard River. Traffic during this project will be detoured and is currently scheduled to begin in spring/summer 2015.
 
Hardin County
 
State Route 67-3.29 (PID: 84580) – ODOT proposes repairs to the bridge located on State Route 67 that spans over the Scioto River. The project includes repaving near the bridge, replacement of the bridge deck edges, replacing guardrail, regrading ditches, and sealing all concrete surfaces. The bridge is approximately 0.7 miles east of the State Route 235 intersection. Traffic during this project will be detoured. The construction of this project is currently scheduled for the summer/fall of 2015.
 
Paulding County
 
Safe Routes To School -Paulding Sidewalks (PID: 90952) - The proposed project is funded with federal funds from the Safe Routes to School Program. The Village of Paulding and the Paulding Exempted Village School District, in consultation with ODOT, have proposed a project on various village streets near the Paulding Elementary School and middle school. 
 
This project will add new sidewalks along Water Street from Jackson Street to Baldwin Street, along Emerald Road from Johnson Road to the school, and along North Main Street from Baldwin Street to Miles Street. It will add new sidewalk at missing sections on Caroline Street between Grant Street and Emerald Road and also construct a raised concrete median in the main school driveway. This project will add school zone pavement markings and flashing signs along Water and Caroline Streets and add curb extensions and crosswalk pavement markings at various intersections near the school.
Other work to improve and/or add sidewalks will occur on the school property as well.
 
Traffic during most of this project will be maintained at all times. Traffic on Water Street may be detoured for a short period.  The construction of the project is currently scheduled for spring/summer 2014. 
 
Please provide comments regarding these projects within 15 days from the day of this publication. To expedite a response, please provide the project name and PID number provided above as well as contact information. Comments provided without contact information cannot be responded to.
Project-related issues the public may wish to comment on include, but are not limited to, historic or cultural resources, ecological resources, and environmental justice issues.
Comments regarding these projects may be directed to Stacy Schimmoeller, ODOT District 1, 1885 N. McCullough Street, Lima, Ohio 45801; Phone: 419-999-6854; stacy.schimmoeller@dot.state.oh.us
 
For information on ODOT projects: www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D01/PlanningPrograms/Projects
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