U.S. Route 24 Project in Henry and Lucas Counties
Project awarded to Miller Bros. Construction, Inc. for $55.8 million.

BOWLING GREEN (May 21, 2009) – (201-09) As part of the much-anticipated “Fort to Port” project connecting Fort Wayne, Indiana, with the Port of Toledo, the Ohio Department of Transportation District Two today announces the award of the U.S. Route 24 project in Henry and Lucas Counties.

The contract was awarded to Miller Bros. Construction Inc, of Archbold, Ohio. They will build a new four-lane divided highway from east of County Road 4A in Henry County to east of Hertzfeld Road in Lucas County.  Once complete, this 9.89 mile portion of the new U.S. Route 24 will include a new interchange at State Route 295, the realignment of the Jeffers Road intersection and the construction of a connector road between Bailey and Hertzfeld Roads.

The project bid was $55,897,727 or 14 percent lower than the engineer’s estimate of $65,000,000.

Construction will begin in June and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2013.   The  new alignment of U.S. Route 24 from east of Napoleon to northeast of Waterville is expected to open to traffic in 2012. 

Under Governor Strickland and ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris, Ohio’s transportation policy aims to move Ohio into a prosperous new world.  According to District Two Deputy Director, David Dysard, “This is a milestone day.  This project is the final project out of seven Fort to Port projects to be awarded in Northwest Ohio.  The new U.S. Route 24 will help improve safety and is expected revitalize communities along the corridor.  It will also link isolated economies to national and global markets through the port of Toledo.”  

In Northwest Ohio, U.S. Route 24 is a critical shipping route, with trucks representing over one-third of the overall traffic. When complete, this expansion will alleviate the existing safety concerns with truck and residential traffic along the two-lane, rural highway.   It is also expected to spark additional economic development throughout the region.