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Ohio 309 closures in effect between Lima and Ada
Motorists encouraged to use Ohio 81 as alternative
LIMA (Wednesday, June 15, 2016) A project to replace several culverts beneath Ohio 309 between Lima and Ada is underway and has closed the highway until mid August.
A total of 12 culverts are being replaced, all located between Bowman Road on the east side of Lima and Ohio 235 near Ada. The closures began this month with the first taking place on the far east end of the project near Ada. Two additional locations on the project’s west end closed yesterday.
The entire section of highway is closed to through traffic. Access to businesses and residences is maintained. Traffic is detoured onto Ohio 235, Ohio 81 and Interstate 75 back to Ohio 309.
“This is not a typical detour where you can drive around a country block to get around it,” said Kirk Slusher, ODOT District 1 deputy director. “There are several locations where the  road will be closed and those locations will continue to change. And at times, several could be closed at once so if you drive around one closure, you will likely end up in another,” he said (see map
Motorists continue to drive around road barricades and into the construction zone which Slusher warns is illegal and could subject motorists to fines by law enforcement. “Unless you live within the project area or are going to a business, you should not be there,” he said.
R.D. Jones Excavating, Harrod, is the contractor on the project.

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state's largest man-made asset--the transportation system. ODOT's mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.
The environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable Federal environmental laws for this project 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.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email