A Metamora bridge is in line for replacement and the Ohio Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is inviting the public to provide comments regarding the replacement of the Main Street (State Route 120) bridge over Tenmile Creek. The project includes replacing the existing bridge structure and roadway approach pavement. Additional work includes new sidewalks, parapets, and upgraded railings on the north and south sides of the bridge.
It is anticipated that the project will impact Tenmile Creek and will require waterway permits and other potential mitigation efforts. This could include items such as a mussel relocation prior to in-water work.
A small amount of suitable wooded bat habitat is also expected to be impacted by the project; however, ODOT officials said any necessary tree removal will occur between Oct. 1 and March 31 to protect these species during their summer roosting period.
Permanent right-of-way and the removal of one adjacent building on the north side is anticipated to be needed for the project. Relocation of some utilities will also be required.
During construction, a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained, except for a period not to exceed 90 consecutive days, when through traffic may be detoured, according to an ODOT press release. The vehicular detour is expected to reroute eastbound vehicles to State Route 109, to U.S. 20, to State Route 64, to Maple Street and reverse for westbound vehicles.
A pedestrian detour is expected to reroute eastbound pedestrians to Swanton Street, to Maple Street and reverse for westbound pedestrians. All access to properties will be maintained throughout construction. Construction is currently scheduled to begin spring of 2025 and will last approximately six months.
ODOT is welcoming both questions and comments. Issues area residents can comment on include, but are not limited to, the effect of the project on local residents, air quality, the local economy, floodplains, and historic or cultural resources.
To ensure your comments may be documented during project development, submit them no later than Feb. 23, 2023. Comments received after Feb. 23 may be considered, but not included in the official project comments.
Comments can be submitted online at the following link: www.transportation.ohio.gov/projects/projects/101140. Project plans and other information are also available at the link.
Individuals who require interpretation services or a reasonable accommodation to submit comments should contact David Geckle no later than Feb. 2, 2023. Contact Geckle at 419-373-4377, by email at [email protected], or my by mail at 317 East Poe Road, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.