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Plan set to improve Ohio 117 intersection with Ohio 501, Wapak road

Public input considered in decision

LIMA (Monday, June 30, 2014) The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is moving forward with its preferred alternative for the reconstruction of the intersection of Ohio 117 with Ohio 501 and Wapak Road.

The proposed project will reconstruct the intersection to eliminate the awkward angles which limit motorists’ ability to see approaching traffic. The project also includes the addition of turn lanes along Ohio 117 to facilitate left-turn movements onto Ohio 501 and Wapak Road. 

The chosen option will shift Ohio 501 and Wapak Road approximately 60 feet to the east of their current location and will widen the pavement on Ohio 117 to accommodate the addition of the turn lanes.

ODOT officials presented its preferred alternative for the project at a public meeting held May 1. Comments received at the meeting and during the public comment period which followed were considered in the decision.


“We received good input regarding the options that were presented. Ultimately the selected option addresses the safety issues and minimizes impacts to environmental resources and adjacent properties,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.


The project is currently scheduled for construction in the spring of 2016 at a cost to construct of approximately $1 million.




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.



For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email​