In the 1970s studies were performed by ODOT for U.S. 30 east of Beaverdam to the western end of the Bucyrus bypass. Those studies evaluated route improvement alternatives. The project was suspended in the late 1970s when department funding was depleted.
Planning for improving U.S. 30 from Beaverdam to the Bucyrus bypass resumed in 1990. Final plans for the project were completed in December of 1996 and the project progressed toward a March 1997 sale. But in January 1998, funding shortfalls caused the U.S. 30 project to be dropped from Tier I, a list of projects which have or will receive construction funding, to Tier II, a list which allows projects to continue in their current stage of development but for which no construction funds are provided.
But in July of 1998, ODOT announced that because of internal departmental savings, six additional major/new projects would be funded. Among them was the U.S. 30 project from Beaverdam in Allen County to State Route 235 in Hancock County.
This section of the route was constructed over a two-year period for a total of $35 million. The route opened to traffic in December of 1999.
In the fall of 1998 ODOT spent $11 million to acquire right of way for the remaining sections of U.S. 30, a total 52.4 miles.
It wasn't until October of 2000 that the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) released funds for construction of the next section of U.S. 30. The TRAC is a council of business leaders from around the state, chaired by the ODOT Director, which designates the funding for all major and new transportation projects.
In July of 2001, the ground breaking for construction of a new, four-lane U.S. 30 between Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County and Bucyrus in Crawford County was held. The 11.1-mile section was constructed over a four-year period. The new route was opened to traffic on December 14, 2004. The cost was $75 million.
The remaining section of U.S. 30 from SR 235 to the Upper Sandusky bypass was awarded construction funding by the TRAC on May 7, 2004. The project was placed out for contractor bid on January 19, 2005. Construction officially began May 13, 2005 when ground was broke for the project. The bid cost for construction was $98.8 million. The new highway from SR 235 to the Upper Sandusky bypass was opened to traffic in November 2007.
Timeline for construction of U.S. 30 from the Indiana line through Van Wert County, to Bucyrus in Crawford County. Sections are listed in the chronological order in which they were constructed:
|From U.S. 224 to the east side of Van Wert, Van Wert County
||Miller Brothers/Harper Supply
||October 31, 1966|
|From SR 49 to U.S. 224, Van Wert County
||W. L. Johnson
||July 8, 1965
||November 28, 1967|
|From the Indiana line to SR 49, Van Wert County
||September 16, 1967
||August 10, 1969|
|From the east edge of Delphos to SR-65, Allen County
||Completed in 1970|
|From SR-65 to Beaverdam, Allen County
||Completed in 1971|
|From the east edge of Van Wert to Middlepoint, Van Wert County
||June 15, 1977
||September 30, 1979|
|From Middlepoint to SR 66, Van Wert County
||May 25, 1977
||August 1, 1979|
|From SR 66 to the east edge of Delphos, Van Wert and Allen counties
||S. E. Johnson
||August 16, 1977
||October 31, 1979|
|Upper Sandusky bypass, Wyandot County
||W.H. Blausey/C.J. Mahan, joint venture
||March 2, 1992
||June 21, 1994|
|Beaverdam to SR 235
|U.S. 23 to Bucyrus bypass, Wyandot and Crawford counties
||E.S. Wagner/Beaver Contracting-joint venture
|SR 235 to the Upper Sandusky bypass
||E.S. Wagner/ Shelly Co., joint venture
||Opened to traffic November 9, 2007|