OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT TWO OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 317 East Poe Road Bowling Green, OH 43402
For Immediate Release
January 14, 2005
ODOT Announces Changes, $23.5 Million in Additional Funds for U.S. 24
Bowling Green - Ohio Department of Transportation District Deputy Director Todd Audet today
announced changes to the development of U.S. 24 in Henry and Lucas County.
On Wednesday, January 12, the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) tentatively approved
an additional $23.5 million (construction and right-of-way acquisition) for the 22 mile section of the
new U.S. 24 between Napoleon and Maumee. ODOT sought, and has tentatively received, this money
in order to make the following changes:
* The new U.S. 24 will be a freeway, with no at-grade crossings, instead of an expressway as
* This change means that five new overpasses and a new interchange at State Route 295 will be
constructed. The new overpasses will be located at County Roads 3, 4A, and 10 in Henry
County, and at Providence-Neapolis-Swanton Road and Neowash Road in Lucas County.
"As ODOT's and its consultant did Level of Service analyses for the new U.S. 24 and all its crossroads,
the analyses found that there wouldn't be enough gaps in the U.S. 24 traffic to allow for safe movement
of traffic across U.S. 24 at these locations," stated Deputy Director Audet. "Therefore, ODOT went to
TRAC to ask for the $23.5 million needed to make the change from an expressway to a freeway, and to
make these safety-related improvements."
"The consultant's findings confirm many of the public comments received during the various public
meetings," stated Planning and Programs Administrator Mike Ligibel. "Many comments received from
EMS providers, school transportation officials, and the public in general, included concerns about the
safe movement of traffic across U.S. 24 at at-grade intersections."
TRAC will receive comments for the next three months before making their funding decisions
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Joe Rutherford, Administrator
District Two, 317 E. Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402
Phone: (419) 373-4471