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Public Meeting Scheduled Regarding Hancock County I-75 Project
ODOT seeking comments regarding overall project, design of interchanges
LIMA (Friday, July 27, 2012)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 will hold a public meeting regarding the department’s proposed project to widen and reconstruct Interstate 75 from the area south of Harrison Street/County Road 144, which is just south of the Ohio 15/U.S. Route 68 interchange, to the County Road 99 interchange in Findlay.
 
The meeting will be held Tuesday, July 31 in the cafetorium of Liberty Benton High School, 9190 County Road 9, Findlay, from 5:30-7 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m.
 
Exhibits of the project will be available for viewing both before and following the meeting. Representatives from ODOT and its consultant, Parsons Brinckerhoff, will be available throughout the evening to address questions.
 
The purpose of the public meeting is to gather input from citizens about the proposed project and its potential impacts. The information received will be used to help guide the overall decision-making process.
 
“We are witnessing an historic investment in the most important highway corridor in our region. We want as many citizens as possible to be part of this process and encourage attendance at the meeting,” Kirk Slusher, District One Deputy Director, said.
 
The department’s preferred alternative as well as two additional alternatives will be presented at the meeting. These three alternatives were selected from a total of 10 options developed and were chosen to be carried forward and evaluated.
 
The purpose of the project is to replace this section of Interstate 75 which is deteriorating. This section was constructed in the mid 1950s and has not undergone a significant upgrade since 1999. In addition, traffic volumes have increased above what the roadway was originally designed to carry which leads to congestion and safety concerns.
 
The project will completely reconstruct the pavement, add one travel lane in both the northbound and southbound direction along Interstate 75, and will upgrade the roadway to current design standards. In addition, the interchange of Interstate 75 with Ohio 15/U.S. 68 will be redesigned and reconstructed, and the interchange at Lima Avenue with Ohio 15/U.S. 68 will be modified.  Modifications will include direct ramp access between Lima Avenue and Interstate 75.
 
A separate project will widen I-75 from County Road 99 north to Perrysburg. This project is being managed by the ODOT District 2 office in Bowling Green.  Currently, the project is in early plan development and is not yet scheduled for construction.
 
Comments regarding the Hancock County project will be received at the meeting or may be submitted by August 31, 2012 to the following address. All comments received by the due date will be considered. Please submit comments and questions to:
 
Eric Scheckelhoff, Project Manager
Ohio Department of Transportation District 1
1885 North McCullough Street, Lima, OH 45801
 
If you or someone you know has a disability and will require assistance at the meeting, please call, email or mail the above contact.
 
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.
 
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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