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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
February 26, 2002 

ODOT PREVAILS IN U.S. ROUTE 30 LAWSUIT

COLUMBUS- The Ohio Department of Transportation received on Friday, February 23, 2002, a victory when a federal court issued a decision in the lawsuit brought by Don and Marilyn Burkholder challenging the relocation and widening of U. S. Route 30 between Ontario in Richland County and Bucyrus in Crawford County.

In the decision, U.S. District Court Judge John M. Manos held ODOT met all federal environmental requirements, including considering all other alternatives for this project. The courts ruling means the U.S. 30 project can move forward on schedule and without restriction.

"We declared that no violations occurred in the highway planning process. We were confident that the court would note the deliberate way we pursued this project and agree that the U.S. 30 project should not be delayed any longer," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "The courts decision is a victory for the citizens and officials in Crawford and Richland counties, as well as for ODOT. For decades now, these representatives have worked tirelessly with ODOT to see that this safer and more efficient road is built."

The court said, in summary:

"[T]he Court . . . finds that the federal agency properly considered the context and intensity of the proposed project, gave all would-be impacts the appropriate hard look, and did not arbitrarily or capriciously decide to issue the Finding of No Significant Impact."

The $116 million project is a relocation of U.S. 30 on a new, four-lane alignment between Ontario and Bucyrus. The project will begin construction this season and will be completed in 2004.