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
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.