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Public Asked Opinion Regarding Noise Walls on I-75
Public Meeting Scheduled for October 21

Lima (Friday, October 15, 2010) – The Ohio Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed placement of noise walls on Interstate 75 between Reservoir Road and Ohio 309.

The meeting will be held Thursday, October 21, from 5:30 – 7:15 p.m. at the Lima Senior High School cafeteria, 1 Spartan Way, Lima.

An open house will take place from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. followed by a brief presentation regarding the project. A question and answer session will then be held. The meeting is expected to conclude at 7:15 p.m.

Transportation officials will be available to discuss the project during both the open house period and following the question and answer session. Displays of the proposed project will be available throughout the evening.

The possible construction of walls to abate traffic noise on Interstate 75 is part of an overall project which will reconstruct the Interstate 75 pavement and interchanges from the Auglaize County line to Ohio 81, currently scheduled to take place in 2013.

This meeting is specific to the issue of noise walls and to allow property owners the opportunity to vote for or against the erection of walls along designated sections of Interstate 75. If property owners choose to have noise walls constructed, homeowners directly affected by the walls will be able to vote on the texture and color of the wall.

Homeowners that would be directly affected by a noise wall have been mailed ballots. Those households are asked to fill out the ballot complete with name and full address including lot number, and bring it to the meeting, or mail it to the address below. Those not able to attend the meeting or not directly mailed a ballot may request one from the contact below. Only one ballot per household will be considered in the vote. All official ballots postmarked by Thursday, November 4, will be considered.

General comments regarding the proposed noise walls will be accepted at the meeting or may be mailed to the following address:
John Puente
Planning Administrator
Ohio Department of Transportation District 1
1885 N. McCullough Street
Lima, Ohio 45801
419-999-6855

For more information contact:
John Puente, planning administrator, 419-999-6855