The Journal Gazette
Monday, November 11, 2019 4:47 pm

Verbatim: Public meeting set on Van Wert County intersection redesign

The Journal Gazette

The Ohio Department of Transportation issued this news release today:

LIMA, Ohio (Monday, Nov. 11, 2019) -- The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 will hold a public meeting to share proposed safety improvements for the intersection of U.S. 127/U.S. 224 at Marsh Road in Van Wert County.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the community room at Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin St, Van Wert.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a presentation, followed by an open discussion and questions from the public. Several exhibits of the proposed improvements will be available for viewing following the presentation. The meeting is expected to conclude by 8 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to present the proposed project and to solicit public comments regarding the proposed improvements.

ODOT and its consultant on the project, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., are currently conducting a study of the intersection and evaluating options to improve its safety and operation. Among the alternatives being considered is a single-lane roundabout.

The project is tentatively scheduled for construction in 2022.

The public is asked to submit comments regarding the proposed project by December 19, 2019. A comment form and concept map of the project area will be available on the project website.

For further information on this project contact:

Lori Brinkman, P.E.

District Consultant Contracts Administrator

ODOT District 1

1885 N. McCullough St., Lima, Ohio 45801

419.999.6864 or

After securing additional funding for transportation infrastructure through the increased gas user fee, Governor Mike DeWine designated $50 million annually for roadway locations, such as intersections, where a project could improve its safety. Statewide, more than 150 rural, suburban and urban intersections have been selected by Governor DeWine for review and safety improvements. Improvements range from signal and signage improvements to a complete intersection redesign.

As a result of the increase, ODOT now has the third largest road safety program in the country. Over the next four years, ODOT will spend $159 million annually on preventing crashes on Ohio roads.

The U.S. 127/U.S. 224 intersection with Marsh Road in Van Wert County was identified on the list as a location where a project held good potential of yielding an improvement in safety.

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