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ODOT Seeking Public Comment on Projects
 
LIMA (February 29, 2016)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 11988, is seeking public comments regarding the following proposed projects:
 
Allen County
Augsburger Road Bikepath (PID: 94469) – The village of Bluffton, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Transportation, is proposing a project that will add a 10-foot-wide bike and pedestrian path along the north side of Augsburger Road. The new path will connect the existing pedestrian facilities in the village to the residential communities and Bluffton University Nature Preserve near the western limits of the village. This path is part of the comprehensive bike and pedestrian plan for the village of Bluffton developed by the village of Bluffton Pathway Board and the Bluffton Lions Club in partnership with the Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission, Hancock Regional Planning Commission, Bluffton University, Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and other local supporters.
 
This project was originally scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017 but is proceeding ahead of schedule due to successful partnering efforts between the village, Bluffton University and ODOT. Tree clearing activities are now anticipated to occur next month with construction of the path anticipated to begin this summer.
 
Van Wert County
Ohio 81-13.65 (PID: 95500) – The proposed project is located on Ohio 81 approximately two miles east of the junction with U.S. Route 127. The project proposes the replacement of an existing culvert east of the Little Auglaize River. In addition, new storm sewer will be installed along the north and south sides of the roadway in this area. A portion of the new storm sewer construction will take place within the regulated floodplain of the Little Auglaize River. Impacts to the floodplain are anticipated to be minor and result in no rise in localized flood levels. A statement of findings detailing the results of the final floodplain analysis will be made available on the ODOT District 1 environmental website:
 
Traffic during this project will require a detour; however, access to properties within the construction limits will be maintained.
 
Construction for this project is currently scheduled for 2017.
 
Wyandot County
Ohio 53-21.85 and 24.16 (PID: 84582 and 100734) – These projects are proposed to replace the bridge structures carrying Ohio 53 over Thorn Run and Tymochtee Creek. The bridge over Thorn Run is located along the southern limits of the village of McCutchenville. The bridge over Tymochtee Creek is located approximately a half mile north of the Ohio 53 and Ohio 103 junction. In order to reconstruct both bridges, work within regulated floodplains will be necessary. Impacts to these floodplains are anticipated to be minor and result in no rise in localized flood levels. A statement of findings detailing the results of the final floodplain analysis will be made available on the ODOT District 1 environmental website:
http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D01/PlanningPrograms/Pages/environmental.aspx
 
Traffic during this project will require a detour; however, access to properties within the construction limits will be maintained.
 
Construction for this project is currently scheduled for summer of 2017.
 
More information on ODOT projects can be found here: www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D01/PlanningPrograms/Projects
Written comments regarding the project(s) may be sent to: Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, Attn: Nate Tessler, 1885 N. McCullough Street, Lima, Ohio 45801; or to nate.tessler@dot.ohio.gov
 
Please provide comments within 15 days from the day this was published.  To help expedite a response, please provide the project name and PID number provided above as well as contact information.  Comments 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.
 
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable federal environmental laws for these projects are being, or have been, carried out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.
 
Media inquiries please contact: Rhonda Pees, ODOT District 1, 419-999-6803; rhonda.pees@dot.ohio.gov