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Sidewalks Will be Part of Ohio 117/309 Safety Upgrade Project
Public input important part of decision by ODOT

(Wednesday, September 07, 2011)Sidewalks will be constructed along sections of the Ohio 117/309 corridor as part of a safety upgrade project scheduled for 2013.
Kirk Slusher, deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, said a sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of the corridor from the Interstate 75 southbound ramp to Willard Avenue, and also from Lost Creek Boulevard to the entrance to the Country Club Hills neighborhood at Devonshire Drive.
On the south side of the corridor, a consistent run of sidewalk will be installed from the Interstate 75 southbound entrance ramp to just west of the Allen County Fairgrounds.
“After considering all the public opinion submitted to us regarding this issue, it was decided that sidewalks in these areas would provide the most benefit to pedestrians wishing to access area businesses and would accommodate the needs of those in the affected neighborhoods,” said Slusher.
The public was asked to submit their comments regarding the sidewalks following a public meeting held by ODOT in January and in June.
The sidewalks will be incorporated with a project which will improve the safety of the Ohio 117/309 corridor on the east side of Lima from just west of the Interstate 75 interchange to Bowman Road. Safety improvements include eliminating, consolidating or relocating drives especially at high-volume areas; installing a six-inch high, raised-curb median down the center of the roadway from west of Saratoga Avenue to the west side of the Mt. Holyoke Avenue and Ohio 309 intersection which will control left-turn movements; and installing right-turn lanes at select locations.
The project is currently scheduled to be constructed in 2013.
For more information contact:
Rhonda Pees, Public Information Officer, at (419) 999-6803
or email