Public involvement is an important element of the Allen 75 Study. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is committed to engaging citizens in the development of the highway improvements proposed in the I-75 corridor through Lima, Ohio. A Public Involvement Plan was developed in 2005 for the Allen 75 Study.
Public involvement goals for the Allen 75 Study include the following:
A public involvement plan that creates a clear understanding of the project needs, and identified conclusions, among the project team and stakeholders
- Review and consideration of all public comments in regards to this project
- Engagement of the stakeholders and the public
- Consensus on alternatives identified for consideration
Inclusion of all people in the community, specifically environmental justice populations
ODOT identified project stakeholders at the beginning of the Allen 75 Study in 2005. The stakeholders include city, township and county officials, emergency service providers, the Lima Allen County Regional Planning Commission (LACRPC), Ohio State University-Lima, neighborhood associations, senior homes and mobile home parks along the proposed alignment, the Ottawa River Coalition, utilities, local businesses, and representatives of CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railroad. Three stakeholder meetings were held in 2005 at key points in the project development process on February 17, July 14, and August 4.
A stakeholders meeting was held on December 19, 2006. The purpose of the meeting was to present and discuss conceptual interchange alternatives.
Community stakeholders met on January 14, 2008 at ODOT District One. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss community branding themes and concepts for Lima. Aesthetic treatments for the I-75 corridor which could portray Lima's community branding themes were also presented at this meeting.
Public meetings are an essential part of the Public Involvement Plan for the Allen 75 Study. They provide an organized opportunity for public participation and a forum for expressing public opinion and concern at key decision points in the study. Public meetings are announced through the local media, direct mailings, and on this website.
The first Allen 75 Study public meeting was held on March 29, 2006. The public meeting was scheduled from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Holiday Inn located at 1920 Roschman Avenue in Lima, Ohio, near the SR 117/SR 309 exit of I‑75. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the purpose and need; project goals and measures of success; and conceptual alternatives recommended for further study. The meeting was an open house format with a presentation at 5:30 pm. Displays of the purpose and need, red flag information, conceptual alternatives, and project documents were available for viewing. A total of 81 people attended the meeting.
The second Allen 75 Study 75 public meeting was held on May 6, 2008, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the UAW/ Ford/ Rhodes State Training Center located at 1155 Bible Road in Lima. The meeting was an open house format with a presentation at 6:00 pm, followed by a question and answer period. A total of 74 people attended the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to present the conceptual alternatives under consideration and a recommendation for a feasible alternative for more detailed study in the next phase of the project development process. Information on environmental impacts, traffic, costs, and ability to meet project goals was presented for the conceptual alternatives. Improvements to five interchanges within the project corridor were also presented. Project documents and displays of the conceptual alternatives and interchange improvement options were available for viewing.
The third Allen 75 Study public meeting was held on November 18, 2009, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Lima Senior High School located at 1 Spartan Way in Lima. The meeting was an open house format with a presentation beginning the meeting. A total of 163 people attended the meeting.
The purpose of the meeting was to present the recommended preferred alternative and interchange improvements. A presentation was made outlining work that had been completed since the previous public meeting in May 2008. Attendees also had the opportunity to provide comments and questions. A summary of environmental impacts, traffic, and costs and project documents were available. Exhibits were displayed showing the recommended preferred alternative and design of the interchange improvements. Information of potential parcel impacts was also presented. The two-week comment period for this meeting ended on December 2, 2009.
Noise Wall Public Meeting was held on October 21, 2010
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The Public Hearing was held regarding Interstate 75 Reconstruction
June 28, 2011
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To be determined
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