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ODOT now considering full closure of clinton Street bridge
Public asked to comment on maintenance of traffic plan
LIMA (Thursday, September 8, 2016) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 will conduct a public meeting to discuss whether to maintain traffic or close completely the Ohio 15 (Clinton Street) bridge over the Maumee River in Defiance when a project to replace the bridge begins in 2019.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, September 13 at Defiance College in the Schomburg Auditorium, 701 North Clinton Street, Defiance.
A presentation will begin at 6 p.m.
At a public meeting in May of last year, ODOT proposed maintaining a single lane of traffic during the bridge replacement project. Additional comments received since that time, however, led the department to engage the public again to reconsider that decision.
“There are benefits and drawbacks in both maintaining traffic and in closing the bridge completely. We’d like to present both options to those who travel this area frequently and hear their thoughts,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
Officials with ODOT and its consultant, Burgess and Niple of Columbus, will present the maintenance of traffic plans for both options. Comments received at the meeting will be considered in the decision.
Following a 30-day public comment period, ODOT will announce its decision in mid October.
 
Questions regarding the project may be directed to Jennifer Gasser, ODOT District 1 project manager, at (419)999-6871; or Jeffrey Griffin, project manager, Burgess & Niple, at (614)459-2050.
 
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