HANCOCK COUNTY: Lima Avenue set to close Monday

Lima Avenue under U.S. 68/state Route 15 will close for approximately one year

HANCOCK COUNTY: Lima Avenue set to close Monday

Dates to note:

Oct. 15

·        Lima Avenue under U.S. 68/state Route 15 will close for approximately one year

Early November

·        Entrance ramp from U.S. 68/state Route 15 to Interstate 75 southbound to close for one year

LIMA, Ohio (Oct. 11, 2018) – The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are scheduled to occur:


Interstate 75, both northbound and southbound throughout the project, from just south of Harrison Street to county Road 99, is occasionally restricted to one lane during nighttime hours only, generally between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for pavement reconstruction and widening. Two lanes of traffic in each direction are maintained during daytime hours.

  • All traffic on Interstate 75 between Sandusky Street and U.S. 68/state Route 15 is now traveling on the southbound side during reconstruction and widening of the northbound lanes.
  • Access to exit and entrance ramps is maintained, except at state Route 12 where the northbound ramps remain closed for reconstruction.
  • By the end of this year, Interstate 75 from U.S. 224 to county Road 99 will be traveling on three lanes in each direction on intermediate pavement. The final layer of pavement will not be placed until the final year of the project in 2020.


U.S. 68/state Route 15 is reduced to one lane in both directions between Lima Avenue and the Findlay city limit, which is just north of West Hobart Avenue, for drainage work and road reconstruction. The route will remain in this pattern through next summer.


All ramps at U.S. 224 are open.


The Interstate 75 northbound entrance and exit ramps at state Route 12 closed Sept. 10 for approximately 60 days for reconstruction.

  • Exit ramp traffic is detoured to the U.S. 224 interchange and Interstate 75 southbound back to state Route 12 (see map)
  • Entrance ramp traffic is detoured onto state Route 12, county Road 140 and U.S. 224 back to Interstate 75 northbound (see map)


The exit ramp from Interstate 75 northbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15 closed June 2017 for approximately three years.

  • Traffic is detoured north to the U.S. 224 interchange to Interstate 75 southbound back to U.S. 68/state Route 15. (see map)

A new flyover ramp, which will take traffic from I-75 southbound to U.S. 68/state Route 15, is expected to open to traffic by Thanksgiving.

The entrance ramp from U.S. 68/state Route 15 to Interstate 75 southbound is tentatively scheduled to close in early November for approximately one year (see map).

  • Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75 northbound to the U.S. 224 interchange to Interstate 75 southbound. The detour will switch to the state Route 12 interchange when the northbound ramps reopen.


Lima Avenue is scheduled to close Oct. 15 for approximately one year for construction of a double roundabout. The following traffic impacts will occur when the closure is in place (see graphic).

  • Lima Avenue traffic will not be permitted to travel east or west beneath U.S. 68/state Route 15 beginning Oct. 15 for one year.
  • No access from U.S. 68 southbound to Lima Avenue eastbound, or from U.S. 68 northbound to Lima Avenue westbound will be possible.
  • To access Lima Avenue on the west side of U.S. 68/state Route 15, traffic will be detoured onto I-75 northbound to the U.S. 224 interchange to I-75 southbound back to Lima Avenue (see map).
  • To access Lima Avenue on the east side of U.S. 68/state Route 15, traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 68/state Route 15 southbound to the U.S. 68/state Route 15 interchange, south of Findlay, to U.S. 68/state Route 15 northbound back to Lima Avenue (see map).

 All four U.S. 68/state Route 15 ramps at Lima Avenue will remain open.

  • Access to the existing southbound on/off ramps will be maintained on the airport side.
  • Access to the existing northbound on/off ramps will be maintained on the Cooper Tire side.
  • Overnight or weekend ramp closures will be necessary later in the year.
  • All ramps at Lima Avenue will be closed temporarily when traffic is transitioned from the existing ramps onto the newly constructed ramps. This will occur during off-peak hours during a weekend.

Logan Avenue and Byal Avenue are affected by the construction at Lima Avenue.

  • A temporary access from Logan Avenue to Lima Avenue will be restored through the winter. The access will open this fall (see map).
  • Byal Avenue closed in July for approximately one year.


  • Construction of noise walls is occurring throughout the project and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

For more information on the Interstate 75 widening and reconstruction project through Hancock County and the city of Findlay, visit the project website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: ODOT District 1’s public information office
(419) 999-6803; D01.PIO@dot.ohio.gov

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Patriots Defeat Tigers

Senior night………………..

At the Jungle on Thursday night, Patrick Henry handed the local Lady Tigers a volleyball loss Scores were 25-11; 25-16; 25-22

For NB:
Grace Hagemyer-13 attacks, 2 errors, 4 kills, 4 blocks
Leah Lee-15 attacks, 2 errors, 2kills, 3 serves, 2 aces
Halie Inbody-7 attacks, 1 kill
Simone Thompson-6 attacks, 1 error, 1 kill
Allison Kepling-4 assists, 5 serves, 2 aces
Allie McPherson-4 assists, 11 digs, 8 serves, 1 ace
Mia McCartney-13 digs, 7 serves, 1 ace
Hannah Lord-11 digs, 5 serves, 1 ace

In JV action: 25-13; 25-17 PH

Owens Softball to Hold Open Tryouts on October 26

Owens is bringing its softball program back after the sport was suspended after the 2015-16 season due to budget cuts……

By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director

Toledo, OH — On Friday October, 26, the Owens Softball team will be holding open tryouts for the 2018-19 season. The tryouts are scheduled to begin at 3:30 PM in the afternoon. Interested parties should meet in the Student Health and Activities Center workout area, and they try outs will commence from there. 

Owens is bringing its softball program back after the sport was suspended after the 2015-16 season due to budget cuts. Since the athletics programs have all moved to Division III, it was decided to bring the program back to begin play in the Spring of 2019. To participate, you must be a full time student at Owens Community College. 

The Express are coached by Jeff Hankins, who is in his first year at the college. He was previously the head coach at Jackson College in Jackson, Michigan, prior to taking the position at Owens. For any more information, you can call Coach Hankins at (567) 661-7937 or email him at jeffrey_hankins@owens.edu

McComb Water Reclamation Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony

In 2016, McComb joined The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District). …..

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) Thursday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on the new McComb Water Reclamation Facility.

Construction is already underway to replace the over seventy year-old plant, which is aged and requires constant maintenance.   After years of planning and support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), groundwork is now underway on this $7.5 million project.

According to District Engineer, Tom Stalter, “All agencies, from local to federal, made this clean water project a priority for this rural village.”

Like many small rural villages in our state and across the country, the Village of McComb was challenged with aging water and sewer infrastructure and increasing regulations.  In 2013, the Ohio EPA issued a permit requiring that the aged wastewater plant be replaced.  In 2016, McComb joined The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District).  Since then, The District has dedicated resources to assist in funding this rural community.

The USDA is now fully funding the project with a $2.8 million grant.  The remaining will be funded through USDA low-interest loan.

“Our local staff over a period of time builds the relationships that allow us to be a partner to rural America,” said State Director for the USDA Rural Development.

The project began in late September and will be complete in January 2020.

Photograph (Pictured left to right): Northwest Regional Liaison for Governor Kasich Lu Cooke, District Engineer, Tom Stalter, U.S. Congressman Bob Latta, McComb Mayor Charles Latta, USDA State Director of Rural Development David Hall, Ohio State Senator Rob McColley, Hancock County Commissioner Timothy Bechtol, Northwest Ohio District Director for U.S. Senator Rob Portman Kelsey Krull.



PUCO encourages use of rail crossing upgrade programs

There are two state-funded programs that may be applicable for local communities…..

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct. 11, 2018) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is encouraging local highway authorities to apply for available state-funding for rail grade crossing upgrades in their communities.

With over 5,700 public rail grade crossings in Ohio, the PUCO works with local highway authorities and rail companies to ensure that rail operations and infrastructure are safe and in compliance with federal and state regulations.

There are two state-funded programs that may be applicable for local communities: the state grade crossing upgrade program and the supplemental assistance program.

The state-funded Grade Crossing Upgrade Program allows local communities to share the cost of installing safety devices with the state and local railroad. Communities who utilize this program may be required to share in a small portion of the project costs but each case will be assessed on an individual basis.

To apply for this program, the local highway authority must simply submit this short application to the PUCO for approval.

The PUCO will conduct a field diagnostic review with local officials to determine if a financial proposal will be extended to upgrade the crossing. The financial proposal will apply objective criteria to determine the appropriate level of funding assistance. If the local highway authority agrees to the financial proposal, then a contract will be executed and the project will then be approved by the Commission for construction.

The PUCO also administers a supplemental assistance program to provide safety enhancements at crossings at which state or federal installation of active warning devices (gates and/or lights) is pending, as well as at crossings that have only crossbucks (the standard “X” signage). The PUCO provides up to $5,000 for physical improvements around the crossing such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage, vegetation cut-back or other safety enhancements.

To apply for this program, the local highway authority must simply submit this one-page form to the PUCO for approval. Once the PUCO approves the project, construction is then completed and is reviewed by a PUCO inspector, the local highway authority submits the costs for reimbursement up to $5,000.

For further information regarding the programs listed above, please contact the PUCO Railroad Division at (614) 466-1150 or by accessing the rail industry section of the PUCO website at www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

For additional information, contact: Matt Schilling | (614) 466-7750

Owens Women’s Basketball to Hold Open Tryouts

By Chris Schmidbauer, Sports Information Director

Toledo, OH — On October 15, the Owens Women’s Basketball Program will be holding open tryouts for any woman interested in playing for the Express during the 2018-2019 season. The tryouts will be held in gym at the Student Health and Activities Center from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

The Express are coming off of a 26-6 season that saw them win the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference title and a District I title. The team competed in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament as well where they reached the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Owens is coached by stephen Perry, who will be entering his first season at the helm of the program, but his 12th overall with the Express. Since he was hired, the team has recorded a 295-66 record – including a 253-44 record over the last nine years. During his tenure, Owens has compiled 41 All-OCCAC players, 15 All-Region XII players, nine NJCAA Academic All-Americans, nine WBCA All-Americans and four NJCAA All-Americans.

In addition to that, the program has sent 25 players to four-year schools during his tenure, including Jeryn Reese (NCAA D-I La Salle University) and Sybil Roseboro (NAIA Indiana University East) this past year). He has also captured seven OCCAC championships and three district championships.

Shareese McBrayer is in her first season as the lead assistant at Owens. She has an extensive basketball resume as both a player and coach. McBrayer was a graduate assistant at the Universtiy of Detroit Mercy, as well as, an assistant at Moberly College. She has also been an assistant coach at Waite High School and Start High School in Toledo. During her playing career, she was a standout basketball player at the University of Cincinnati and at Trinity Valley CC.

Fatal Data Review Committee Meets

Review of 3 fatal crashes from the third quarter of 2018…..

Wood County Safe Communities announced Wednesday that the Fatal Data Review Committee met on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 to review 3 fatal crashes from the third quarter of 2018.

The following fatal crashes were reviewed:

  • I-280 in Lake Township
  • SR 795 at I280
  • SR 105 at Chamberlain

The following countermeasures were established:

  • Drive within the posted speed limit
  • Don’t Drive Distracted
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Obey all traffic control devices
  • Maintain a safe distance when driving and for the conditions
  • Always look twice at an intersection

For More Information:

  • Angel Burgos, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
  • Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or swiechm@bgsu.edu