State Route 109: Bridge Replacement
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two announces the following opportunity for public comment on the proposed SR-109 bridge replacement that crosses the Maumee Wabash Erie Canal Trail (also part of the Buckeye Trail/NPS North Country Trail).
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) proposes to replace the existing State Route (SR) 109 bridge over the Maumee River in Harrison & Liberty Townships in Henry County, Ohio. The replacement structure will be on a new location from the T-intersection of County Road (CR) 424 and SR 109 northern leg (to Liberty Center) east to the existing SR 109/SR 110 T-intersection crossing the Maumee River on a skew angle of 16°. The new proposed structure will meet current design standards, with 2-12’ lanes and 10’ wide shoulders.
The Maumee Wabash Erie Canal Trail is a multi-use trail that runs approximately 22 miles from Independence Dam State Park northeast along the Maumee River to Providence State Park through Defiance, Henry, and Lucas counties. Due to the scope of the proposed undertaking and the presence of Section 4(f) property, measures to minimize harm have been developed that create a de minimis impact (as defined in 23 CFR 774.17) on the property. A de minimis impact is one that will not adversely affect the features, attributes, or activities qualifying the Section 4(f) property (Maumee Wabash Erie Canal Trail) for protection. Work on the proposed project is scheduled begin in the Spring of 2015.
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Due to the permanent highway easement being acquired for work on the SR-109 bridge crossing the Maumee Wabash Erie Canal Trail and that the parcel has unrestricted public recreational access, it is subject to the requirement of 23 CFR 774, Section 4(f). In order to proceed forward with the project, ODOT must first be in compliance with this requirement. ODOT is posting the project information to obtain public input regarding this proposed work.