ODOT dedicates new Paulding County
garage, Hicksville outpost
Open house held today from 3-7 p.m. at each facility
LIMA (Tuesday, June 27,
2017) A new Paulding County maintenance garage in the village of
Paulding and new operations outpost in Hicksville were dedicated during
separate ceremonies held at each facility. Both facilities were placed into
full operation this spring.
“The Ohio Department of Transportation’s ability to perform
well, especially during snow and ice season, is directly related to the
quality of its facilities,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. He noted the
department has a goal of returning priority highways back to normal driving
speed within two hours after the conclusion of a winter weather event. “We
hit that goal 97 percent of the time last winter. It’s much harder to do
that with old and outdated facilities,” he said.
“We are celebrating today something unique for us – the
opening of two new ODOT facilities in our region,” said Kirk Slusher,
deputy director for ODOT District 1. “Director Wray’s commitment to
investing in our facilities has resulted locally in a new maintenance
garage in Allen County, new regional outpost in Hardin County near Forest, upgrades
to our ODOT District 1 complex in Lima and plans for a new garage in Putnam
County within the next few years,” said Slusher.
The former Paulding County facility, which was demolished to
make way for the new, was constructed in 1978 while some of the former storage
buildings were constructed in 1948 and 1966. The former Hicksville outpost
was constructed in 1949.
Features of the new Paulding garage include:eatures of the new Paulding garage include:
truck storage for the modern ODOT fleet
above-ground fuel system as well as a decanting station required by
the Environmental Protection Agency for dumping catch basin waste
mechanic’s area that provides the space needed to work on large
bay which can accommodate two trucks at once, eliminating the need to
wash trucks in the equipment storage area
dome, pole barn, equipment storage building and fuel island
Features of the new Hicksville outpost include:
salt storage facility
truck wash bay
serve as a regional salt supply location for both the ODOT Defiance
and Paulding County maintenance crews during winter operations.
An open house at each location is being held today from 3-7
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 at 946 East High Street, next to the Hicksville High
School, and replaces the facility located on state Route 18 on Hicksville’s
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.
Serving as the designer for both structures was Garmann Miller
of Minster. General contractor for the Paulding garage was Mosser
Construction, Fremont. Fetters Construction, Auburn, Ind., served as the
contractor for the Hicksville facility.
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
For more information contact: Rhonda Pees, Public Information
Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us