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Ohio 309 Corridor Lane Restrictions Removed Today
Traffic control devices expected to be off the roadway by the end of the day
LIMA - (Wednesday, November 23, 2011)The work zones necessary to allow for a safety upgrade project on Ohio 309 (Elida Road) on Lima’s west side will be removed by the end of today said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
“All the necessary signage and pavements markings will be in place today which means the corridor will open to full functionality,” said Slusher.
On Tuesday adjustments were being made to the traffic signals throughout the corridor and by the end of the day all were functioning properly. Crews are continuing today with placing pavement markings.
Some finish work remains on the project such as placement of additional pavement markings, the installation of road reflectors, repair of driveways, completion of manhole locations, placement of grass seed, and minor work relating to signs, signals and drainage. Work will not resume on the project until November 28 to allow the corridor to flow as freely as possible for the opening of the Christmas shopping season.
“Long work zones are not anticipated to be needed to complete the work that remains on the project,” said Slusher. “Much of the work will be at spot locations or will be moving operations which will have a minimum impact on traffic,” he said.
Motorists are reminded that the center raised-curb median which was installed with the project is a traffic control device and that driving over the median is against the law. “Some motorists have already decided to make that movement and they need to know it is illegal,” said Slusher.

The safety upgrade project from Robb Avenue to Eastown Road, which had been identified as a high-accident corridor, began in March. The project, located in the area of the Lima Mall, included the installation of a raised-curb median down the center of the roadway to control left-turn movements, consolidation and elimination of driveways, new traffic signals and signal coordination, the addition of U-turns, and the construction of new roadways to help facilitate traffic movement.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email