State Route 424: Stone Arch at Ritter Park in Henry County
 
BOWLING GREEN (Friday, September 23, 2011)The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District Two announces the following opportunity for public comment on the proposed stone arch maintenance project at Ritter Park along State Route 424. 
 
Project Description:
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) proposes to perform minor repairs and remove embedded vegetation on the outlet headwall and wingwalls of a stone arch located under State Route 424 and located on the City of Napoleon Ritter Park property.  To perform this work, and maintain this drainage facility in the future, a 0.262 acre of permanent easement will be acquired. 
 
The recreational components, including the picnic areas, playground, shelter, restroom, water access, fishing, walking trails and benches at scenic view-sheds of the Maumee River at Ritter Park, are afforded protection under Section 4(f).  Due to the scope of the proposed undertaking and the presence of Section 4(f) property, measures to minimize harm have been developed by the Federal Highway Administration 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 (Ritter Park) for protection.  Work on the proposed project is scheduled begin during the fall of 2012 or in 2013.
 
Opportunity for Public Comment:
Due to the permanent highway easement being acquired  for work on a stone arch on Ritter Park property 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 maintenance and repair activities, ODOT must first be in compliance with this requirement.  ODOT is posting the project information to obtain public input regarding this proposed work. 
 
Comments on the proposed stone arch maintenance project at Ritter Park, State Route 424, City of Napoleon,  PID#  88197, may be sent by October 14, 2011 to the following contact:
 
Ohio Department of Transportation, District 2 Office
Attention: Rick Perse, Environmental Coordinator 
317 E. Poe Road,  Bowling Green, OH 43402
Telephone Number: 419-373-4433             
Email:
richard.perse@dot.state.oh.us