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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

October 26, 2007

New Sections of U.S. 30 to Open Soon
in Hancock, Wyandot Counties

LIMA (October 26, 2007) The new, four-lane section of U.S. 30 in Hancock and Wyandot counties from Ohio 235 to Upper Sandusky is scheduled to open to traffic in early November, ending an era of inefficient and precarious travel on the only remaining two-lane section of the route in northwest Ohio.

Tim Burkepile, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director, said the actual date of the opening is not yet known. Within the next two weeks we will be able to determine when we can open the roadway and we will notify the public at that time, he said. There are operations still taking place which are dependent upon the weather which will dictate when we can open the roadway.

Although the new highway will be opened to traffic, the U.S. 30 project is not yet completed. A 700-foot section of pavement west of Upper Sandusky, which will make the final connection to the new westbound lanes, is yet to be constructed. In addition, the ramps of the interchange at County Highway 330 at Upper Sandusky are also yet to be constructed.

While this final section of pavement is being built, traffic will be one lane in each direction through the work zone in the new eastbound lanes from County Highway 330 to Township Road 49 near Upper Sandusky. Once motorists pass through the zone, which is approximately a half mile in length, they will then continue on four-lane pavement, said Burkepile.

The final section of pavement is expected to be completed and opened to traffic by the end of the year while the interchange at County Highway 330 will be completed in the summer of 2008.

Although the project will not be completed until next year, ODOT officials are pleased that the new four-lane pavement could be opened this year. We lost a significant amount of days due to weather over the three years this project has been under construction. We appreciate the efforts of our contractors in making up a large portion of that time so we could open the road to traffic by the end of the year which was the original schedule, he said.

Construction began on the 26-mile segment in 2005 at a cost of $98.8 million. The new highway is approximately a half mile south of the existing route and features interchanges at Ohio 235, U.S. 68 and Ohio 37 in Hancock County, and at County Road 330 in Wyandot County.