ODOT seeking public comment on projects

HANCOCK COUNTY – U.S. 68 bridge repair; I-75 resurfacing…

LIMA, Ohio (Feb. 11, 2019) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Executive Order 11988, is seeking public comments regarding the following proposed projects.

HANCOCK COUNTY

U.S. 68 bridge repair (PID: 98499) – The Ohio Department of Transportation is proposing to repair the U.S. 68 bridge over state Route 15, south of the city of Findlay.  Construction activities will result in temporary closures of the U.S. 68 bridge. Vehicular traffic will be detoured.

Construction is anticipated to occur in the summer of 2020.

MULTIPLE COUNTIES

Interstate 75 resurfacing, ramp repair and bridge maintenance in Allen and Hancock counties (PIDs: 104095 and 94214) – The Ohio Department of Transportation is proposing to resurface Interstate 75 from just south of the Napoleon Road interchange in Allen County to just south of the state Route 235 interchange in Hancock County.  In this area, the following construction activities will also occur:

  • Pavement reconstruction around the Interstate 75 interchange with state Route 696, near the village of Beaverdam in Allen County. Reconstruction will include drainage improvements, installation of a 50-foot wide grass median, and ramp repair.  These activities may result in temporary lane and ramp closures at the interchange.  Vehicular traffic may be detoured, but access to all properties will be maintained throughout construction.
  • Following a stakeholder meeting held in April 2018, ODOT decided not to pursue removal of the county Road 33 bridges under Interstate 75 and will instead perform maintenance to these bridges as part of this project.

The project is currently scheduled for construction in 2022. However, ODOT is preparing to construct the project as soon as 2020, if funding becomes available.

Erosion repair in Allen, Defiance, Paulding and Wyandot counties (PID: 107806) – The Ohio Department of Transportation is proposing to repair erosion issues at the following locations:

  • Interstate 75 and state Route 81 interchange, northeast of the city of Lima in Allen County
  • U.S. 24 and state Route 281 interchange, northeast of the city of Defiance in Defiance County
  • U.S. 24 over county Road 11 and a nearby railroad bridge, approximately 1.5 miles southwest of the village of Antwerp in Paulding County
  • U.S. 23 and U.S. 30 interchange, east of the city of Upper Sandusky in Wyandot County
  • U.S. 30 and state Route 231 interchange, approximately 0.5 miles south of the village of Nevada in Wyandot County

Construction activities will result in temporary lane closures on U.S. 24 and on the eastbound U.S. 30 ramp from southbound U.S. 23, and temporary ramp closures at the state Route 231 interchange with U.S. 30.  Vehicular traffic will be detoured, but access to all properties will be maintained throughout construction.

Construction is scheduled to occur in the spring of 2020.


More information on ODOT projects can be found here.

Written comments regarding these projects may be sent to: Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, Attn: Nate Tessler, 1885 N. McCullough Street, Lima, Ohio 45801; or to nate.tessler@dot.ohio.gov

Please provide comments within 15 days from the day this was published. To help expedite a response, please provide the project name and PID number provided above as well as contact information. Comments without contact information cannot be responded to.

Project-related issues the public may wish to comment on include, but are not limited to, historic or cultural resources, ecological resources and environmental justice issues.

Media inquiries, please contact: ODOT District 1’s public information office at
D01.PIO@dot.ohio.gov; 419.999.6803


The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state’s largest man-made asset -the transportation system. ODOT’s mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.

Feb. 11 – Evening ODOT Ramp Closure Rt. 12

Guardrail work – Interstate 75 & SR 12 Findlay tonight 2/11

The following traffic impacts related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 in Hancock County through the city of Findlay are scheduled to occur overnight beginning tonight, Feb. 11, 2019. All work is weather dependent.


INTERSTATE 75
THROUGH HANCOCK COUNTY

The exit ramp from Interstate 75 northbound to state Route 12 will close at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, for guardrail repair. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75 northbound to the U.S. 224 interchange to Interstate 75 southbound back to state Route 12.

Pot Holes Getting Bad on Many Roadways

Huge swing in temperatures provide prime conditions for potholes


ODOT crews will be out in force

COLUMBUS – We’ve gone from sub-zero temperatures to highs near 60 degrees in parts of Ohio within just a few days. Mix in some rain and snow and conditions are perfect for the formation of potholes.

Potholes are a common nuisance, particularly during the winter season when the freeze/thaw cycle weakens the pavement. This happens when water seeps into cracks in the pavement, then expands as it freezes. When temperatures warm up, and the ice melts, the pavement contracts, allowing even more moisture in to freeze and thaw. Add traffic on top and the pavement will eventually fail, creating a pothole. Roadways with a high volume of traffic are particularly prone to pothole formation.

Not only should drivers be extra alert for potholes over the next several days, but also our crews working to fill them.

“Our crews have been working around the clock to ensure our roads are as safe as possible,” said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks. “When they aren’t spending twelve-hours in a truck plowing snow, they’re working on the roadway patching potholes.”

Pothole Patching

Already this winter, ODOT has used 2,574 tons of asphalt to repair potholes. That’s up from 1,892 tons at the same time last year. Our crews have spent more than 39,000 hours – equivalent to 70 years – patching potholes this winter.

Potholes on ODOT-maintained roadways, which include state and U.S. routes outside of municipalities and all interstates, can be reported by clicking here. Potholes on local roadways should be reported to the agency responsible for their maintenance.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects – Feb. 4

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement UPDATE


Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects – Feb. 4

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Reminder: The District office will be closed Monday, February 18 for Presidents’ Day.

Lake Township – Waterline & Sewer Installation 
Through September, watch for shoulder restrictions and additional construction traffic along Tracy Road from SR 795 to Keller Road for sewer installation.  Project complete: September.  Project investment: $520,000.

McComb – Sewer Line Replacement
Through February, lane restrictions and short-term closures are possible at the intersection of Bond and Liberty Streets.  Work on Scott and Perrin Streets will be announced.  Project complete: June. Project investment: $490,000

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements
Through May, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for sewer work and manhole repair.  Project complete: May. Project investment: $998,000.

Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project
Through May, intermittent lane restrictions are possible in Rossford for lead service line removal.  Project complete: May. Project investment: $900,000.  For more information and to sign up for email updates go to:  https://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/lead/

Rossford – Sewer Lining
Through June, watch for shoulder restrictions and construction crews on roads north of Eagle Point Road for sewer lining. Project complete: May. Project investment: $767,000.

ODOT warns residents to not place snow from private drives onto the highway

Practice is hazardous, illegal


Practice is hazardous, illegal
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ODOT warns residents to not place snow from private drives onto the highway

Practice is hazardous, illegal

LIMA (Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019) – ODOT is advising residents living on state highways to not leave snow plowed from private driveways on the highways.

“Placing snow from your driveway onto a highway creates a hazard for motorists and it is against the law,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.

Ohio Revised Code 4511.74 prohibits the placement of injurious material on a highway except that which is placed on the roadway by a proper authority, such as the salt or other materials that ODOT uses to treat icy roads.

Placing anything on the highway could be dangerous to motorists in that they may hit these obstructions and lose control of their vehicle. “If it is found that snow displaced from a private drive onto a highway contributes to an accident, the individual who placed it there could be found liable,” said Slusher.

ODOT advises snow from private drives be pushed completely off the highway. It is recommended that residents place the snow on the far side of their drives so that a passing ODOT plow will not throw the snow back into the driveway, said Slusher.

In addition, the department recommends individuals clear snow away from their mailboxes. “Moving snow to the far side of the mailbox may reduce the likelihood that snow thrown from a passing plow will cause damage,” said Slusher.

ODOT also reminds parents to keep their children from playing in piles of snow which are close to the road.

The Ohio Department of Transportation maintains the state’s largest man-made asset – the transportation system. ODOT’s mission is to provide the safe and easy movement of people and goods from place to place. As a $2.8 billion per year enterprise, ODOT invests the bulk of its resources in system preservation through maintenance, construction and snow and ice operations.

SB I-75 at Findlay to be Messed Up Tonight…

HANCOCK COUNTY: Pavement work to affect Interstate 75 in Findlay


HANCOCK COUNTY: Pavement work to affect Interstate 75 in Findlay

The following traffic impacts related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 in Hancock County through the city of Findlay are scheduled to occur overnight Friday, Jan. 25. All work is weather dependent.


75

INTERSTATE 75
THROUGH HANCOCK COUNTY

Interstate 75 southbound between county Road 99 and U.S. 224 will be restricted to one lane beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, for the removal of temporary pavement. Small portions of pavement will be altered to allow for easier plow maneuvers during snow and ice operations. The lane restriction will continue through 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

The exit ramp from Interstate 75 northbound to state Route 12 will close at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, also for the removal of temporary pavement to allow for easier plow maneuvers during snow and ice operations. The ramp will remain closed through 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 75 northbound, the U.S. 224 interchange and Interstate 75 southbound back to state Route 12.

Weather Delays I-75 Lane Openings at Findlay

Traffic shift DELAYED on NB
I-75 between U.S. 224 and CR 99, at Findlay,


Interstate 75 northbound shift to three lanes in Findlay delayed by weather

LIMA, Ohio (Dec. 14, 2018) – A traffic shift on Interstate 75 northbound between U.S. 224 and county Road 99, Findlay, to three lanes was delayed this morning due to weather.

Crews had planned to shift I-75 northbound, just prior to the U.S. 224 interchange, over to the new three lanes on the northbound side this morning. The shift was dependent upon the placement of pavement markings, which could not occur due to rain overnight.

The switch is anticipated to occur next week if suitable weather exists.

All four lanes of I-75 between Sandusky Street and U.S. 68/state Route 15 are currently traveling on the southbound side of the interstate. The planned shift will only affect northbound traffic. Southbound traffic between U.S. 224 and county Road 99 will continue to travel in two lanes until approximately mid-January.

13 Fatal Accidents in Wood County in 2018

Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that there have been 13 fatal crashes in Wood County, compared to the 13 last year at this time. This is a number that is completely preventable.


Safe Communities of Wood County announced today that there have been 13 fatal crashes in Wood County, compared to the 13 last year at this time. This is a number that is completely preventable.

This holiday season, Safe Communities is teaming up with U.S Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind all drivers about the dangers of drinking and driving.

With the holiday festivities and extra office parties taking place, it’s essential to plan a sober ride home before ever leaving for the event. This holiday, as you head out for a night of merrymaking, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. The holidays should be a time for celebrations and make memories, not a time of nightmares for families. Unfortunately, alcohol at many holiday events contributes to the number of impaired drivers on our roadways. Spread the message: Even one drink is one drink too many.

If you feel buzzed, you are already drunk. Remember these tips to avoid an OVI and keep our roads safe: · Remember it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage.

· Plan Ahead! You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver?

Take your role seriously – Your friends are relying on you!

· Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8).

SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up. · Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects – Nov. 26

Cygnet Waterline Replacement through December…


Northwestern Water and Sewer District Projects

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, – The Northwestern Water and Sewer District (The District) delivers water and sewer services to over 19,000 customers in Wood, Sandusky, and Hancock counties.  Although many of our projects are performed underground, our utility work can impact roads throughout our service area.  The District will announce updates and when additional projects are under contract.  Updates and additions are highlighted in bold and underlined.

Perrysburg Township – Sanitary Sewer Improvements *UPDATE*
Through May, short-term intermittent lane restrictions are possible throughout Perrysburg Township for sewer work and manhole repair.  Project complete: May.

Rossford & Perrysburg Township – Waterline Replacement *UPDATE*
Through December, intermittent lane restrictions are possible on Vineyard and Groce Streets in Rossford and on Riverbend Court and White Road in Perrysburg Township for waterline replacement.  Restoration work will take place in the spring.  Project complete: December.

Rossford – Lead Service Line Removal Project *NEW PROJECT*
Effective the week of December 3, through May, intermittent lane restrictions are possible in Rossford for lead service line removal.  Project complete: May.  For more information and to sign up for email updates go to
:  https://www.nwwsd.org/what-we-do/water/water-facts/lead/

Weston & Cygnet – Waterline Replacement
Through December, lane restrictions are possible on Center Street from Main Street to Euler Road and on Euler Road, between Center Street and Silver Street for waterline replacement.

Additionally, through December, lane restrictions are possible along Cygnet Road in Cygnet or waterline replacement.  Restoration will be completed in the spring.  Project complete: December.

Bbbrrrrrr…….. Mid November Winter Weather in the SouthWood

To you in the warmer climes, HEY from YOUR hometown in Northwest Ohio!


 

Because it’s cold in North Baltimore, been like Winter for a couple of weeks now…

To you in the warmer climes, we say “HEY” from YOUR hometown in Northwest Ohio!

photos by Chip Dimund

A definition of “pret·ty”
/ˈpridē/
adjective
  1. 1.
    attractive in a delicate way without being truly beautiful or handsome.
    “The snow is pretty, I’ve had enough already, and I can’t wait for Spring!”

The freezing rain could be “pretty”, if not on walk and roadways!

The “light” coating of ice on trees and bushes, likewise is “pretty” as long as it doesn’t weigh them down and break limbs.

The Wood County Park District’s Slippery Elm Trail is “pretty” no matter the weather!

Pine trees usually look “pretty” with a light layer of snow…

The CSX “depot” and the former Whistle Stop (and a POD) in Downtown NB.

A different kind of “pretty”…

Henry Twp construction Mov 2018 Rudolph Rd. – Oil Center intersection – this might be done “pretty” soon…

Henry Twp. Road Paving Update – Mon. Nov 5

North Baltimore and SouthWood Area area travelers… From Skip Baltz, Henry Twp. Roads – – –


North Baltimore and SouthWood Area area travelers… From Skip Baltz, Henry Twp. Roads – – –

Paving going on this week:

Rudolph Rd. from just north of Oil Center Rd. South to Quarry Rd.

Insley Rd from Oil Center Rd. north to Cygnet Rd.

I-75 – HANCOCK COUNTY Update – Oct. 29

Week of Oct. 22, 2018 – The following is highway construction scheduled to occur within Hancock County. Work is dependent upon weather conditions, and unless otherwise noted, it will take place during daytime hours.


HANCOCK COUNTY: Highway construction update

Week of Oct. 29, 2018
The following is highway construction scheduled to occur within Hancock County. Work is dependent upon weather conditions, and unless otherwise noted, it will take place during daytime hours.

75

INTERSTATE 75
THROUGH HANCOCK COUNTY

Interstate 75 between county Road 99 and the Lima Avenue/county Road 313 overpass within the city of Findlay is affected during a $114 million reconstruction and widening project. For information, visit the project website here.

Interstate 75 between Bentley Road and state Route 103, Bluffton, will be restricted to one lane at times for a bridge repair project on I-75 over Riley Creek and on the county Road 15 bridge over Interstate 75. A maximum width restriction of 13 feet is in place during lane restrictions. The project is expected to be completed in late September. Work is being performed by Miller Brothers Construction, Archbold.


State Route 12 (Main Cross Street) between Western Avenue and Liberty Street, within the city of Findlay, will close Oct. 22 for approximately five days for railroad crossing repairs. Traffic will be detoured onto Western Avenue/Broad Avenue, Trenton Avenue and Main Street back to state Route 12 (Main Cross Street). Work is being performed by Safety Services Supply. (see map)

U.S. 68 between the city of Findlay and the Hardin County line will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for berm repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.

U.S. 68 between Liberty Street and the bridge over Buck Run, within the village of Arlington, closed July 9 for approximately four months for pavement reconstruction. Local access will be maintained throughout the project. Work is being performed by Miller Contracting Group, Ottoville.

The following detours will be in place through the duration of the project.

  • U.S. 68 northbound traffic is detoured onto U.S. 30, state Route 235 and Interstate 75 back onto U.S. 68. (see map)
  • U.S. 68 southbound traffic is detoured onto state Route 15, U.S. 23 and U.S. 30 back onto U.S. 68. (see map)

State Route 235 between township Highway 36 and First Street, within the village of Mount Cory, will close Oct. 24 for approximately one week for railroad crossing repairs. Traffic will be detoured onto I-75, state Route 696 and state Route 12 back to state Route 235. Work is being performed by Safety Services Supply. (see map)

State Route 330 between North Street and state Route 568, north of Vanlue, will be restricted to one lane for a resurfacing project. Some work has occurred on the project, but the majority of work will take place in October. Work is being performed by M&B Asphalt, Tiffin.

State Route 330 over state Route 15, Vanlue, is now open following a bridge deck replacement. Lane restrictions on state Route 330 and on state Route 15 under state Route 330 are possible as work continues. Work is being performed by E.S. Wagner, Oregon.

State Route 568 (Sandusky Street) between Grand Avenue and Blanchard Avenue, within the city of Findlay, closed Oct. 15 for approximately three days for railroad crossing repairs. Traffic is detoured onto Main Street, Lincoln Street and Blanchard Street back to state Route 568 (Sandusky Street). Work is being performed by Safety Services Supply. (see map)

State Route 568 between Bright Road in Findlay and the village of Carey will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for a resurfacing project. The project is expected to complete in late September. Work is being performed by M&B Asphalt, Tiffin.