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Ohio 195 Will be Repaired, Reopened
Entire section of the route from Ohio 309 to Ohio 235 will remain a state route 

Lima (Thursday, March 25, 2010) – Officials at the Ohio Department of Transportation are opting to repair and reopen Ohio 195 and return the entire stretch of roadway to service as a state highway.

The decision comes following a public hearing held March 3 where the future of the route, which has been closed since September, was discussed.
The route was closed when several sections of pavement were found to have failed due to significant slippage of the embankment along the Scioto River. It is the sixth time since 1995 that a major failure has occurred on the roadway.

“The opinions expressed at the public hearing were definitely at the center of this decision,” said Leonard E. Brown, ODOT District 1 deputy director. “The access to McGuffey from the south, added response time for emergency vehicles, and the economic potential in the area were major considerations in our decision to keep the route open,” said Brown.

The department is now looking at repair options for the route rather than major reconstruction. “This decision means that our approach to maintaining this highway will essentially remain what it has always been – repair the pavement and embankment failures and continue to monitor the roadway,” said Brown.

The department is now developing the scope of the work for the project. Under an expedited schedule, it is possible that at least a portion of the work could be completed this year. The road will remain closed until repairs are complete. The department will work with landowners to maintain access to their properties during the closure, he said.

At the public hearing, the department had proposed keeping the route open as a state route to County Road 110, and then abandoning and vacating the remaining sections of the highway. In addition to the preferred alternative, six additional alternatives were presented. Four of the alternatives involved essentially leaving the roadway in its general location. Two involved rerouting Ohio 195 onto an upgraded County Road 110.

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For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email D01.PIO@dot.state.oh.us